China's Indian Ocean Submarine Drones (UUVs) and Indian Response


China is increasing activity in the Indian Ocean. In China, anxiously watching the research activities of unmanned aerial vehicles belonging to the Chinese the fleet.


As you know, unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) are used for underwater operations of varying degrees of complexity and are able to remain under water for a limited time. Recently, the People's Liberation Army of China at a military parade demonstrated new submarines that were transported by truck.

Underwater drones do not have an engine and move in water according to the principle of buoyancy. They are launched from the ship, activated from the ship or satellite, after which the on-board navigation system of the drone is turned on and it immerses in the ocean.

The configuration of the drone and the tail fin help it move under water. During its ocean voyage, the device collects data using on-board sensors. It is capable of covering a distance of up to 24 kilometers per day, collecting information about ocean waters - temperature, salinity, depth. This data is transferred back to the ship.

Chinese submarines have recently been extremely active in the Indian Ocean, which is causing wariness in the Indian Navy. New Delhi believes that Chinese drones collect information not only about ocean waters, but also about warships, submarines that move in the Indian Ocean.


Retired Indian Navy officer D.K. Sharma emphasizes that his country has reliable surveillance tools throughout the Indian Ocean, therefore, it has an idea not only of the “white” traffic carried out by merchant ships, but also of the activity of the navies of countries that do not have access to the Indian Ocean. Among these states, China occupies a special place.

The Indian Navy has other devices that do the same job, but not at the same level as Chinese devices,

- emphasizes the Indian officer.

For the PRC, the Indian Ocean is important because of the strategic routes through it for the delivery of oil from the Persian Gulf to China and Chinese goods to Africa. At the same time, China's interest in the Indian Ocean is only growing from year to year, including in the context of the geopolitical confrontation between the United States and India as one of China's traditional regional rivals.

In 2008, twelve years ago, the Chinese Navy only indicated its presence in the Indian Ocean, explaining its necessity by participating in the fight against Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. So in the Indian Ocean appeared 2-3 Chinese warships, members of the APEF - Anti-pirate Forces. Then Chinese submarines appeared in the APEF, which surprised the authorities of the countries accessing the Indian Ocean, and was noted by them.


Finally, in 2016, China announced the establishment of a naval base in Djibouti, on the northeast coast of Africa. Soon she was inaugurated. The PLA Navy point in Djibouti became the first foreign military base of the People's Republic of China, which also demonstrated a cardinal change in China's foreign military-political strategy.

The “string of pearls” is exactly what Beijing’s network of Chinese naval bases and military infrastructure is called to cover the distance from the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca to the east coast of Africa. Djibouti is only one of the links in this chain, and in addition to it, China plans to use the ports of Myanmar, Bangladesh and the Gwadar naval base in Pakistan.

Therefore, the deployment of China's unmanned underwater vehicles in the Indian Ocean is well within its new strategy for the presence of the planet in this region. For example, Forbes magazine recently published material on the deployment of China's 12 unmanned underwater vehicles in the Indian Ocean. Since December 2019, they have made at least 3400 observations in the bowels of the Indian Ocean.
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  1. rocket757 26 March 2020 09: 02 New
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    China is increasing activity in the Indian Ocean. In India, they are watching with alarm over the research activities of unmanned aerial vehicles belonging to the Chinese fleet.

    A new era has come ???
    Now drones are everywhere and different .... although no, no one has created underground yet, so they had to be afraid of Schaub.
    1. tihonmarine 26 March 2020 09: 16 New
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      Quote: rocket757
      although no, no one has created underground yet, so they had to be afraid of them.

      After 50 years, the Chinese as moles dig up the whole earth.
      1. cniza 26 March 2020 09: 28 New
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        Digging the land is not necessary, they will use the existing underground utilities.
        1. rocket757 26 March 2020 09: 41 New
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          Quote: cniza
          Digging the land is not necessary, they will use the existing underground utilities.

          If everyone at once wants to plunge below the level of ... asphalt, they’ll have to dig new moves.
          Previously, it was a choice ... of the elect, but there are not so many of them;
          1. cniza 26 March 2020 09: 53 New
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            I would not want to ..., I love the sun ...
            1. rocket757 26 March 2020 10: 05 New
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              Quote: cniza
              I would not want to ..., I love the sun ...

              But who doesn’t love him ... for the next week treb, treb, treb much sun! The boom of sunbathing at home, if .... in short, we do not know yet!
              1. cniza 26 March 2020 10: 28 New
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                Yeah, I'm going to sunbathe with a dog ... yes
                1. rocket757 26 March 2020 10: 39 New
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                  It’s easier for us, the worm has already crawled out, they’ve given water, it’s possible, you can make such a good call on the lakes and eriks .... The car is ready, the deadline has not yet arrived! I will carry out the food program ....
      2. rocket757 26 March 2020 09: 38 New
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        Quote: tihonmarine
        After 50 years, the Chinese as moles dig up the whole earth.

        Then other jokes will appear ... not about the miners anymore.
    2. Akuzenka 26 March 2020 19: 42 New
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      The Indian Navy has other devices that do the same job, but not at the same level as Chinese devices,
      “We have such devices, but we won’t tell you about them” - VIA Mango-Mango.
    3. Georgievic 31 March 2020 15: 36 New
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      Yes, you see on YouTube the performance of the former Pentagon contractor Schneider. HERE IN OPEN SAYS THAT GANDOSI HAVE LANDSCAPES ON ATOMIC MOVEMENTS WHICH ON 14KM ARE DIGTED TONNELS IN DAY! Maybe the truth. The Germans under the encircled Leningrad (a strange choice) tested underground boats.
  2. Vladimir_2U 26 March 2020 09: 18 New
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    So in the Indian Ocean appeared 2-3 Chinese warships, members of the APEF - Anti-pirate Forces. Then Chinese submarines appeared in the APEF, which surprised the authorities of the countries accessing the Indian Ocean, and was noted by them.
    At first, they spread all the pirate evil spirits at home, and then they are surprised. American submarines are also very surprised, or got used to?
  3. Operator 26 March 2020 09: 22 New
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    A range of 24 kilometers - nothing, several times cheaper towed vehicles have a range limited by the course of the womb.
    1. Skay 26 March 2020 09: 38 New
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      Range of 24 kilometers - nothing

      24 km per day. A modern underwater glider, having the ability to replenish energy reserves from solar panels, can travel the seas for many months, overcoming vast distances.
    2. Boratsagdiev 26 March 2020 12: 54 New
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      This is a long-playing model. She for one "walk" can calmly the entire Atlantic or quiet pass.
      Slow, long, but true. The states have developed similar, perhaps they copied.
      1. Operator 26 March 2020 15: 02 New
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        Since when has the width of the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean been reduced to 24 km? laughing
        1. Boratsagdiev 27 March 2020 12: 48 New
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          and with what range of 24 km? ...
          read carefully TTX
          1. Operator 27 March 2020 13: 23 New
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            First you write TTX (other than those specified in the article), and then we will read them.
            1. Boratsagdiev 29 March 2020 16: 25 New
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              "able to cover a distance of up to 24 kilometers per day" - is it written somewhere that only 24 km? ...
              on the Internet you can find information about these devices, it is not secret.
              1. Operator 29 March 2020 16: 57 New
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                You mentioned TTX, you bring them.
  4. knn54 26 March 2020 09: 30 New
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    The Indian Ocean is becoming the MOST IMPORTANT region of the new century. Therefore, the rivalry for its control will only increase. Moreover, at an accelerated pace.
  5. Ravil_Asnafovich 26 March 2020 09: 44 New
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    Yeah, the dragon and the elephant are getting harder in the same ocean.
  6. Aleks2048 26 March 2020 09: 45 New
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    Forbes recently published material on the deployment of China's 12 unmanned underwater vehicles in the Indian Ocean.

    Against this backdrop, I was curious how many and most importantly when will Poseidons be made in Russia? In the end, Poseidon is certainly technically complex, but in terms of size it is an object that fits in an apartment. Previously, ships were built for years, and now we will also build torpedoes individually and for years?
  7. Galleon 26 March 2020 09: 52 New
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    And before, the French were hanging around in Djibouti ... We met with them in that area. At dawn dusk, a French frigate approaches our destroyer and begins to semaphore. The signalman receives and searches the directory. I (a non-staff reconnaissance officer) stand next to me: “Well, what does he write there?” The signalman is surprised, taking his eyes off the directory: - bongju ...
  8. Paul Siebert 26 March 2020 09: 56 New
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    The “string of pearls” - this is what Beijing’s network of Chinese naval bases and military infrastructure is called to cover the distance from the South China Sea and the Strait of Malacca

    I was always amused by the poetics of the names of Chinese models of technology.
    This is their trend, inspired by millennia ...
    The Dragon in Love, The Exquisite Moon Hare, The Jade Messenger of the Celestial Empire ....
    Even the nicknames in the networks of the Chinese invent pathos - Enchanted Wind, Swipe of the Magic Blade ...
    Our fellow countrymen are simpler and more brutal - Vova, Skins and other Guards ...
    Although in the artillery systems there was a place for the beautiful.
    Our famous bouquet is Hyacinth, Acacia, Magnolia and others ... wink
  9. Pavel57 26 March 2020 10: 03 New
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    Robots surround. Then they crawl out to land and a new life begins.
  10. Pathos 26 March 2020 11: 59 New
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    Hindus supplemented with a tambourine, did not want to establish cooperation with Russia in any areas of the Fried Elephant. Get a sign Chinese drones at your side. Zita and Gita are dancing, in the corner they are cutting loot, in the end everyone will die laughing Oh, and I knew one Indian, he studied in Donetsk, a humanitarian rattle was Raja, he had a piece of wealthy prosperous land in India in India laughing A terrible stupidity such pearls gave out, we just extorted dragged to our hostel in the block clean neighing laughing Indian cinema and that’s it all. What’s the border with Pakistan showing? Whoever shows up above the hoof will scream laughing
  11. Boratsagdiev 26 March 2020 12: 51 New
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    Pordon, but the crumpled article turned out.
    They piled everything in a heap. Different types and different information is presented as if it were written about one type.