Vladimir Putin is preparing to unleash his latest weapon in the war against terror: an army of cyborg rats.
Russian scientists are hoping to combine the rats and their amazing noses with the latest technology, allowing them to sniff out explosives or drugs in places which are impregnable to all but the very small.
If they are successful, the rodents will be able to alert their handlers to the dangerous or illegal material before they themselves have even had time to register it.
There is only one problem: it takes three months to train a rat properly, and they only live for a year.
This means the scientists would have to ‘constantly drill whole battalions of rats to provide security forces with a new type of counter-terrorist operative’, according to the Kremlin-backed news agency Sputnik.