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Cyber battalion sent to spy on Russians

A number of specialists will focus their attention and expertise to interceptimg intelligence from Russia.

ARMY chiefs will mount their biggest cyber warfare operation against Russian forces by deploying a battalion of specialists to eastern Europe.

More than 350 soldiers from 14 Signals regiment, supported by experts from the Government’s communications centre GCHQ, will operate from Estonia in the spring.

Military sources say it is a “significant” electronic warfare force that will intercept intelligence from Russian air, ground and naval forces in the Baltic and Black Sea.

The regiment is the Army’s most advanced cyber force.

Its signallers and linguists can identify communications and deploy intercept software without alerting the Russians.

The plan comes amid growing tensions in Ukraine and the Black Sea after Kiev accused Russia of firing on a Ukrainian military transport plane.

Russia has placed surface-to-air missile batteries on two oil-rigs.

It is also set to increase its Black Sea fleet to 35 vessels with the addition of three kilo-class submarines whose engines make them almost silent.

Intelligence chiefs say Russia has also deployed a powerful coastal missile system, the Bastion K-300, to Sevastapol.

It is capable of destroying an aircraft carrier more than 500 miles away.

A senior source said: “Russia is playing a dominance game but while they have a lot of equipment and warships, in the main it is very old as we saw with their aircraft carrier which recently sailed back through the English Channel.”

(Express.co.uk)

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