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India on alert as ‘China deploys dozen underwater drones in IOR’ | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India is conserving a watchful eye on the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) amid stories that China has now additionally taken to deploying underwater drones aside from hydrographic survey and oceanic analysis ships in the area. The concern in the Indian safety institution is that whereas such surveys are undertaken for deep-sea mining and different industrial actions, they’re additionally crucial for submarine and anti-submarine warfare operations.
International enterprise journal Forbes on Sunday reported China had deployed adozen “Sea Wing” underwater drones from specialist analysis vessel Xiangyanghong 06 in the IOR in mid-December earlier than recovering them final month. These lengthy-vary Sea Wing gliders, which might function for months on finish, made “more than 3,400 observations” for the winter survey of the “joint ocean and ecology research project” run by the Chinese ministry of pure assets.
The Forbes report stated although the Chinese underwater drones had been ostensibly gathering oceanographic information, transmitting info again to their mom ship by way of tail aerials, such information is often gathered for naval intelligence and submarine warfare operations. Indian Navy sources on Monday stated they “could not vouch for the authenticity” of the Forbes report. But the Navy continues to “constantly track” the presence of Chinese analysis vessels in the IOR by “multiple platforms” starting from the P-8I lengthy-vary maritime patrol plane to warships on mission-based mostly deployments.
“At any given time, there are four to five Chinese research vessels mapping different parts of the IOR. They regularly collect oceanographic data about the physical operating environment like seawater temperatures, salinity and chlorophyll levels, which are very useful for general navigation and submarine operations. They work out the best routes for their submarines,” stated a supply.
If any such Chinese analysis vessel enters India’s Exclusive Economic Zone, which stretches to 200 nautical miles from its coast, and engages in any “suspicious military activity”, it’s chased away after an appropriate warning. Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh in December had confirmed his power drove away Chinese oceanic analysis vessel Shi Yan-1 after it was discovered indulging in suspicious exercise close to the strategically-positioned Andaman and Nicobar archipelago. “Since that incident in September, no Chinese vessel has entered our EEZ so far,” stated one other supply.
China, of course, has been quickly increasing its naval footprint in the IOR and is attempting to find extra logistical bases after establishing its first abroad base at Djibouti in the Horn of Africa and naval turnaround amenities at Karachi. Apart from deploying warships in the IOR for over a decade now, China has additionally been commonly sending each nuclear as effectively as standard submarines to the area below the guise of anti-piracy patrols.
With two plane carriers (two extra are being constructed), 33 destroyers, 54 frigates, 42 corvettes, 50 diesel-electrical and 10 nuclear submarines, amongst different warships, the Chinese Navy is now posing a problem to even the US Navy.

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