Russia could threaten internet cables in submarine attacks, navy chief says

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Russia’s growing submarine program could threaten cables in the sea and endanger the world’s communications networks, the chief of the British armed forces has warned.

Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, 56, Recount The temperature of London about his fears over the “phenomenal increase in Russian submarine and submarine activity” over the past two decades, which he said was “more than just submarines”.

He said Russia’s submarine program was aimed at “endangering and potentially exploiting” the submarine cables that provide the “real information system” of the world.

“This is where most of the world’s information and traffic goes,” he told the newspaper. “Russia has developed the capacity to endanger these submarine cables and potentially to operate these submarine cables.”

When asked if an attempt by Russia to cut the cables would constitute an act of war, he replied “potentially, yes”.

Modern submarine lines carry thousands of kilometers of fiber optic cables to carry digital data, including Internet services.

Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff is pictured October 13, 2021 in Winchester, England. He told The Times of his concerns about Russia’s submarine program.
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In his first interview since taking office, Radakin, a former head of the Royal Navy, echoed a warning issued in 2017 by his predecessor, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, who previously warned that the Seabed communication cables were “vulnerable” to the Russians. military means.

British ships protect submarine cables from Russian submarines in areas like the North Atlantic.

A collision between a British Type 23 frigate, HMS Northumberland, and a Russian submarine in 2020 was reported this week, sparking speculation about the extent of Russian cable mapping activity. The collision was filmed in footage recently released by a documentary crew.

Radakin also highlighted Russia’s ever-growing capability for hypersonic and long-range missiles. In December, Russia tested about ten new Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missiles from a frigate and two more from a submarine, Russian state agencies reported.

This week, North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a hypersonic missile while China has also tested a number of hypersonic missiles.

Radakin said the UK was lagging behind other countries in missile capability, telling the newspaper: “we don’t have them (have them) and we have to have them”.

His comments come as tensions escalate between Russia and NATO, of which the UK is a member.

The UK has joined with the US in sounding the alarm bells over the deployment of up to 100,000 Russian troops to Russia’s border with Ukraine.

Radakin, who had a phone call last month with his Russian counterpart, General Valery Gerasimov, said that “from a military point of view the whole situation is deeply worrying.”

Talks between Moscow, the United States and NATO are slated for next week, but alliance secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said it was necessary to prepare “for the possibility of diplomacy failing”.

Vladimir Putin aboard a Russian Navy ship.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen before driving to the bottom of the Gulf of Finland aboard the C-Explorer 3.11 submersible to explore the Shch-308 class Soviet submarine Shchuka sunk in WWII near Gogland Island on July 27, 2019 in Moscow.
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