THE NEW defense boss has warned of the threat posed by Russian submarines at sea, saying any damage to communications cables would be considered an act of war.
The increased activity of Russian submarines in the Atlantic Ocean involves Admiral Sir Tony Radakin.
I said Time: “Russia’s submarine and underwater activity over the past 20 years has seen an amazing increase.”
He said Russia has increased its ability to lay undersea cables where the world’s information and traffic is threatened.
When asked if the destruction of the cables “would be considered an act of war”, Sir Tony replied: “Possibly, yes.”
Sir Tony said Russia’s apparent military might was of interest – and he planned to develop hypersonic missiles to compete.
Hypersonic missiles can fly at five times the speed of sound and at a lower altitude than ballistic missiles.
He said: “We have not [got] and we must have. “
A Navy source told The Times: “During the third world war, there would be [damaging underwater cables] is a particularly good way to make our lives difficult? It’s correct. That’s exactly why they’re doing it.
“If you take away the cable, nobody can make phone calls, they won’t be able to do business transactions, buy stocks, and the economy will stall.”
It was feared that the Russians would try to cut the undersea cables so essential to the Internet and communications in Britain.
ONE Russian spy ship believed to be able to cut undersea cables were discovered in the English Channel in September 2021.
Vladimir Putin’s Yantar was spotted loitering between the coasts of Devon, France, and appears to be heading north.
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Internet cables and other critical infrastructure on the seabed are important for sharing information between nations.
Just severing the cables could bring Britain to a complete standstill, as the 2006 earthquake in the Luzon Strait between Taiwan and the Philippines showed.
There, six of the seven cables used to deliver internet and phone services from North America to Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and South Korea were cut.
That has cut off 100% of the Internet in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, leaving millions of citizens and businesses without internet and mobile phones.
It is estimated that cutting three cables could cost some countries 70% of their data traffic.
Sir Tony’s comments are given later A Russian submarine rammed a British Royal Navy warship in an unbelievable clash.
One crew member can be heard shouting “what the hell did I hit?” after HMS Northumberland sub-attack “hunter” in the frozen North Atlantic.
The dramatic collision – believed to be an accident – was captured by the Channel 5 crew while filming Warship: Life At Sea, which airs at 9pm on Monday.
This is believed to be the first collision between Russian and Imperial Navy ships since the Cold War.
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