Monday, March 23, 2020

China Deployed 12 Underwater Drones In Indian Ocean

The Chinese Sea Wing glider is very similar to the US Navy's Littoral Battlespace Sensing-Glider (LBS-G) H I Sutton

Forbes: China Deployed 12 Underwater Drones In Indian Ocean

China has deployed a fleet of underwater drones in the Indian Ocean. According to Chinese government sources, the drones were launched in mid-December 2019 and recovered in February after making more than 3,400 observations. These Sea Wing gliders are a type of Uncrewed Underwater Vehicle (UUV) which can operate for months on end.

The gliders are similar to ones deployed by the U.S. Navy. When China seized a U.S. Navy ocean glider in 2016 the stated reason was to ensure “safe navigation of passing ships.” Taken at face value, it may be surprising that China is now deploying these types of UUV en masse in the Indian Ocean. China has also deployed the Sea Wing from an ice breaker in the Arctic.

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WNU Editor:The Chinese undersea drone is very similar to ones used by the US Navy. It makes one wonder if Chinese spies had a hand in making this possible.

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