World News – AU – China is deploying underwater drones en masse in the Indian Ocean, the report said

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New Jersey [USA], 31. December (ANI): China deployed a fleet of underwater drones called the Sea Wing (Haiyi) in the Indian Ocean, which can operate for months and make observations for naval intelligence purposes, according to defense analyst HI Sutton. Sutton wrote for Forbes magazine that these sea gliders, which the Chinese are using « en masse », are a kind of unscrewed underwater vehicle (UUV) that started in mid-December 2019 and after more than 3. 400 observations were recovered in February. Citing government sources, Sutton said in his report that these gliders are similar to those used by the US Navy, one of which was confiscated by Beijing in 2016 for « safe navigation of passing ships ». « At face value, it may be surprising that China is now using these types of UUV on a massive scale in the Indian Ocean. « . China has also deployed the sea wing from an icebreaker in the Arctic, « Sutton wrote. According to the defense expert, reports from December last year indicated that 14 would be employed in the Indian Ocean mission, but only 12 were deployed. Sutton said these gliders don’t come with large wings for gliding that can run for long periods of time, adding that they’re not fast or agile, but rather are used for long-range missions. In addition, the defense analyst said that these Chinese gliders deployed in the Indian Ocean have reportedly been collecting oceanographic data that « sounds harmless » but is commonly collected for naval intelligence purposes. « Given the growing challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, Chief of Staff Bipin Rawat had stated earlier this month that the world is racing for strategic bases in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and that this will only increase momentum in times to come. « Lately, in addition to the geostrategic competition in the Indo-Pacific, we have also seen a race for strategic locations and bases in the Indian Ocean, which will only gain momentum in the coming times, » said General Rawat when giving a keynote address at the Global Dialogue Security Summit. CDS Rawat had said, « In the military arena, technology must be a deterrent, not a source of destruction. Our approach to security must therefore move from the one-sided to the multilateral mode, which requires increased training with partner countries in order to strengthen the future. « He said, based on the challenges India is facing, » we need structured long-term planning for the capacity building and capability development of our defense forces. « (ANI)

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World news – AU – China is using « en masse » underwater drones in the Indian Ocean, a report said

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