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Putin's navy faces new enemy as Ukraine poised with elite stealth attack submarine


The nine metre by 7.4 metre vessel uses an Italian made ‘Black Scorpion’ torpedo system with a range of 3,000 metres.

It has a top speed of 50mph on water and 31mph while submerged, with a maximum dive depth of 250 metres.

Kronos is powered by a hybrid engine using an electric battery and diesel system – and has a 36-hour air supply for extended special op missions.

Onboard are high-tech reconaissance devices including an underwater drone and a quadcopter for aerial intelligence gathering.

The pilot navigates the sub using interior digital screens, but it can also be operated remotely as a stealth drone.

A Highland Systems spokesperson says sea tests have been ongoing for the past year. They said: “It is ready and tested, and is now undergoing modernisation and upgrades after results.

“We are installing a more powerful and quieter engine and electric batteries.”

The company say they cannot confirm Ukrainian deployment at this time, “but have other countries customers ready for placing orders.”

Upgrades to the vessel are expected to be completed by September, the spokesperson confirmed.

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