Russia may have placed sleeper explosives on British offshore wind farms, ex-head of the Royal Navy warns
Russia may have placed sleeper explosives on UK offshore wind farms to cut power in conflict, ex-head of Royal Navy warns
Russia may already have ‘sleeper’ explosives attached to critical infrastructure in Britain’s North Sea, the former head of the Royal Navy warned.
Ex-Chief of the Royal Navy, Admiral Lord West, warned that offshore wind farms and submarine cables are at risk of attack.
Russian attacks could wipe out Britain’s power supply and cut off telecommunications infrastructure.
“There is a risk as soon as you put critical infrastructure on the seabed,” Admiral Lord West said, according to The Sun.
The ex-Admiral of the Royal Navy warned that Russia “may already have set sleeper explosives.”
Former Royal Navy chief Admiral Lord West (pictured) warned Russia ‘might already have set down sleeper explosives’
Fears are growing that Russia could target UK power and data cables, effectively cutting the country off from the global grid and putting lives in the UK at risk as hospitals lost power, wiping billions from the economy as banks were disconnected from the global system. cutting off remote communities and potentially sparking riots
Admiral Lord West’s warning comes after Russian ships were spotted in British waters earlier this month.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace also warned on Thursday that Russia has the “intention and ability” to sabotage the UK’s submarine energy and communications lines.
Russia “has a specific naval program designed to watch and potentially sabotage or attack critical national infrastructure belonging to its adversaries,” Wallace said.
“It has a number of submarines and other pieces of equipment and spyships and anything else specifically designed for that purpose.”
UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Vladimir Putin’s Russia (pictured) has the ‘intention and ability’ to sabotage the UK’s submarine energy and communications lines
Attacks on UK wind farms could cause blackouts that could take weeks to resolve
Experts previously warned that Russian attacks on wind farms and submarine cables could lead to riots and civil unrest in Britain.
Dr. Dwayne Ryan Menezes, from the Polar Research & Policy Initiative, said an attack on the UK’s critical infrastructure ‘could cause internet outages and blackouts’.
“As damage to cables can take days or weeks to repair, it could even lead to potential civil unrest and riots,” Dr Menezes said.
Any damage to the UK’s critical infrastructure could also cost billions to repair, he warned, noting that power and communications outages would hit the UK economy.