VLADIMIR Putin’s latest nightmare is Ukraine’s “invisible” underwater kamikaze drones that can carry 1,000 pounds of explosives.
The newly developed 20-foot torpedo-like weapon “Marichka” will soon be used against Russia’s feared Black Sea Fleet.
Kiev has released footage of a test swim of the suicide underwater drone as the country continues to develop unmanned maritime strike weapons to threaten the Russian navy.
The fearsome black weapon, worth £355,000, was put to the test by blurred-faced soldiers at a top-secret location.
It is the latest creation from Ammo.Ukraine – a volunteer organization helping to turn the tide in the so-called “War of the Drones.”
They say it is immune to Russian radio-electronic warfare systems, meaning the expensive weapon is “invisible to the enemy.”
The Maritschka has a range of over 620 miles, meaning it should soon be easily able to attack Russian warships, submarines and coastal fortifications in and around the Black Sea, including annexed Crimea.
It is likely to target the £3bn Kerch Bridge, which has already been hit twice in daring attacks on Kiev by experimental semi-submersible naval drones in July and September.
The second attack wreaked havoc on Putin’s valuable and unrepaired 12-mile crossing, which connects Russia to the occupied peninsula and is a key supply route for Vlad’s forces.
Ukraine announced that its newest naval drone has “a unique communication system with the operator, allowing the submersible to be controlled over long distances and depths.”
The high-tech weapon also has reconnaissance capabilities and has the ability to lurk in standby mode before being unleashed on targets.
It differs from the “Sea Baby” drone, which can travel 500 miles and carry 600 pounds of explosives and has been responsible for a series of brazen attacks on Russian ships in recent months.
The Marichka joins an arsenal of locally made, ambitious and experimental drones developed in Ukraine after Kiev dramatically expanded production of the DIY weapons.
The country’s drone revolution has produced some of the war’s most devastating weapons yet and provided a crucial answer to Moscow’s superior long-range missiles.
Across Ukraine, the groundbreaking weapons are being cobbled together in bedrooms, garages and secret factories using 3D printers, off-the-shelf parts and donated materials.
And recently, newly developed naval drones have taken center stage in the war, spreading fear in the once Russian-dominated waters of the Black Sea.
Ukrainian naval drone pilots have even been dubbed the “new Dambusters” in their spectacular campaign to end Putin’s naval rule.
On September 16, a Sea Baby drone brutally struck a Russian missile hovercraft – the fourth Russian ship to be damaged in three days.
The Black Sea ship named Samum had to be towed into the port of Sevastopol after the attack, causing “significant damage.”
The same model is credited with the devastating attacks on the Crimean Bridge, while other drones continue to terrorize Sevastopol.
And in August there were two daring attacks on two intelligence vessels and attacks that blew up a military transport and an oil tanker.