Two Kremlin controlled TV channels, Channel One and NTV, aired footage accidentally exposing classified military drawings to the general public.
The video was taken during a meeting between President Putin and senior Russian military figures in Sochi on Monday. It showed an official looking over papers containing information and diagrams of a new nuclear torpedo system called Status-6.
The footage was taken down and destroyed after it aired on Tuesday, but not before a number of websites posted screenshots featuring the document.
Though it is unclear how these images made their way through Russia’s tightly monitored media system, Mr. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, assured journalists that measures would be taken to assure that it does not happen again.
The adoption of Status-6, which creates “zones of extensive radioactive contamination” after impact, is a part of a wider effort in Russia to update and strengthen their strategic nuclear capabilities.