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Sunday, July 05, 2015

US anti-sub drone boat to counter China's maritime expansion

The US Navy's anti-submarine warfare continuous trail unmanned vessel can provide a significant boost to US tracking capabilities against China and Russia at sea. The boat was specifically designed to hunt diesel-electric submarines, reports the Tokyo-based Diplomat.

Diesel-electric submarines are being widely procured by states with objectives opposed to the national interests of the United States, such as China and Russia. The US Navy does not operate diesel-electric submarines, though they are cheaper and quieter than their nuclear big brothers, said Gady.

"While not capable of traveling long distances or at great speed, diesel-electric submarines have the potential to deny the US Navy access to strategic coastal areas and could also interrupt seaborne commerce," Gady wrote.

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