【5月25日】看軍聞學英語

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原文:

Russia is amassing unprecedented military might in the Arctic and testing it's newest weapons in a region freshly ice-free due to the climate emergency, in a bid to secure its northern coast and open up a key shipping route from Asia to Europe.

Weapons experts and Western officials have expressed particular concern about one Russian 'super-weapon,' the Poseidon 2M39 torpedo. Development of the torpedo is moving fast with Russian President Vladimir Putin requesting an update on a 'key stage' of the tests in February from his defense minister Sergei Shoigu, with further tests planned this year, according to multiple reports in state media.

This unmanned stealth torpedo is powered by a nuclear reactor and intended by Russian designers to sneak past coastal defenses-like those of the US-on the sea floor.

The device is intended to deliver a warhead of multiple megatons, according to Russian officials, causing radioactive waves that would render swathes of the target coastline uninhabitable for decades.

中譯:

俄國刻正於北極積聚空前的軍事實力,同時在因氣候緊急狀態甫融冰地區,測試最新武器,用以確保其北部海岸,並開闢一條從亞洲通往歐洲的重要海運航道。

武器專家與西方國家官員,均對俄國這款超級武器「海神2M39」魚雷,表達特別關切。俄國官媒多次報導,因應俄國總統蒲亭於2月要求國防部長蕭伊古,該武器測試關鍵階段須有新進展,魚雷的研製乃加速進行,規劃今年還會有更進一步測試。

這款無人匿蹤魚雷,配備核反應動力,俄國設計人員欲使之在海床上潛越諸如美國所屬的海岸防線。

俄國官員指出,此裝置係用來投送數百萬噸的彈頭,所產生的輻射波,會讓廣大範圍目標海岸線,數十年均為不毛之地。

─關鍵軍語─

※might:

Great power or strength.

※sneak:

To move in a furtive or stealthy manner.

※warhead:

The explosive material delivered by a missile, rocket, or torpedo.

例句:

A warhead descends onto a target at speeds of up to Mach 5.

1顆彈頭以高達5馬赫的速度,朝目標快速下墜。

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The art of life, of a poet’s life, is not having anything to do, to do something.--Henry David Thoreau

如詩般的生命藝術,不在於事事涉獵,而是要做出像樣的事。--亨利·大衛·梭羅

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