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China Deploying En Masse Underwater Drones In Indian Ocean: Report

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China has deployed a fleet of underwater drones within the Indian Ocean. (Representational)

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China has deployed a fleet of underwater drones known as Sea Wing (Haiyi) glider within the Indian Ocean, which might function for months on finish and make observations for naval intelligence functions, in accordance with defence analyst HI Sutton.

Writing for the Forbes journal, HI Sutton mentioned that these sea gliders, which the Chinese are deploying “en masse”, are a kind of Uncrewed Underwater Vehicle (UUV) which had been launched in mid-December 2019 and recovered in February after making over 3,400 observations.

Citing the federal government sources, HI Sutton in his report mentioned that these gliders are much like these deployed by the US Navy, one in all which was seized by Beijing in 2016 to make sure “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,” HI Sutton wrote.

According to the defence skilled, studies from December final 12 months advised that 14 can be employed within the Indian Ocean mission however solely 12 had been used. HI Sutton mentioned that these gliders are unpowered with massive wings to glide that may run for lengthy durations of time, including that they don’t seem to be quick or agile, nonetheless, they’re employed for long-range missions.

Furthermore, the defence analyst mentioned these Chinese gliders which might be positioned within the Indian Ocean had been reportedly gathering oceanography knowledge, which “sounds innocuous” nonetheless, is often gathered for naval intelligence functions.”

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Noting the rising challenges within the Indo-Pacific area, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat earlier this month had mentioned the world is witnessing a race for strategic bases within the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), including that it’s only going to achieve momentum within the instances to return.

“Of late together with geostrategic competitors within the Indo-Pacific, we’re additionally witnessing a race for strategic locations and bases within the Indian Ocean area which is just going to achieve momentum within the instances to return,” General Rawat had mentioned whereas delivering a keynote handle on the Global Dialogue Security Summit.

CDS Rawat had mentioned, “In the army discipline, know-how should be a method of deterrence not a supply of destruction. Our method to safety therefore must shift from unilateral to the multilateral mode which mandates rising coaching engagements with associate nations with a purpose to fortify the long run.”

He mentioned that based mostly on the challenges that India face, “we require structured long run planning for capability constructing and functionality improvement of our defence forces.” 

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