- President Vladimir Putin is keen to invest in new midget submarines
- The Piranha class mini submarines were developed during the Cold War
- Russian forces have been patrolling far more aggressively in recent years
- The Swedish Navy believes it tracked a mini sub in its waters in October
By Darren Boyle for MailOnline
Published: 00:05 EST, 8 July 2015 | Updated: 09:25 EST, 8 July 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin is believed to want to increase the size of his midget submarine fleet
Russian president Vladimir Putin is planning to recommission Cold War-era fleet of midget submarines, which are virtually undetectable.
The Piranha-class vessels can operate very close to the shore and can be used to drop mines or fire torpedoes.
With a crew of nine, the Piranha can approach silently and can even deploy combat divers or up to six special forces.
Putin is believed to be willing to sanction £230billion in military spending.
It is understood that one of the old Piranha vessels has been upgraded to act as a sales platform, to show off the potential of the weapons system to other buyers.
One military source told The Sun: 'Putin is breathing life into many old programmes and thinks subs are an effective way of getting what he wants militarily. The Piranhas can come extremely close to land and are almost impossible to detect as they are so small.
'They could represent a significant threat to Britain if despatched here.'
Putin's increasingly aggressive stance follows his decision to send Cold War-era bombers on patrol around the North Atlantic, forcing the RAF to intercept.
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