RUSSIA is likely to have gathered “valuable intelligence” on Britain’s nuclear programme which could put us at risk of attack, senior RAF officials have warned.
This has given opportunities for “intruders” which could “prejudice the security and effectiveness” of Trident, they said.
In a letter to a newspaper, the officers wrote: “The need to reintroduce Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) into the British frontline is now widely recognised.
“With so few naval escorts available, this will be vital if future aircraft carriers are not to be put severely at risk.
“We know that Russian submarines are monitoring the area from which our nuclear missile submarines emerge from the Clyde.
“Without maritime patrol aircraft surveillance, opportunities for intelligence-gathering by such ‘intruders’ can only prejudice the security and effectiveness of our strategic deterrent.
“Indeed, it would be surprising if valuable intelligence had not already been acquired by the Russian Navy since the Nimrod force was grounded in March 2010.”
Full article: Russia has intelligence on UK nuclear weapons – putting us at risk of ATTACK, say experts (Express)