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RED OCTOBER Putin’s stealth subs could cripple Britain by cutting undersea internet cables as Russia launches new Arctic frontIn The News, 8 April 2021
Navy warfare expert Sidharth Kaushal from defence think-tank RUSI said the submarines are operated by the GUGI or Directorate for Deep Sea Research, which answers to Putin. “They’ve been developing a variety of special purpose submarines which are deep diving and have the capacity to withstand very deep pressures,” said Dr Kaushal. “They could be used for a wide range of activities from tapping into the cables to gather intelligence to severing them to cause economic disruption in an extreme scenario.” He said cutting cables “fits well” into a Putin’s strategy for fighting the West. “He knows his conventional forces are inferior to Nato so the emphasis is to impose as much disruption to Western society to convince them the game isn’t worth the candle,” he said.