Dead Hand is a Cold-War-era nuclear-control system used by the Soviet Union.General speculation from insiders alleges that the system remains in use in post-Soviet Russia.
An example of fail-deadly deterrence, it can automatically trigger the launch of the Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) if a nuclear strike is detected by seismic, light, radioactivity and overpressure sensors.
By most accounts, it is normally switched off and is supposed to be activated during dangerous crises only; however, it is said to remain fully functional and able to serve its purpose whenever needed.
In 2009 ABC News described it as “A device that triggers a nuclear holocaust in the event of a U.S. strike against Russia.” According to Business Insider, that system may be aimed directly at the northern hemisphere.
Reducing nuclear stockpiles may be the current trend in global politics, this wasn’t always the case. There was a time when the United States and the Soviet Union were poised to do anything to gain the upper hand in a nuclear war – even if that hand was dead.
‘Dead Hand’ of Nuclear War: Doomsday Machine ready to press Red Button