The US, UK and Australia will test an artificial intelligence system to track Chinese submarines in the Pacific Ocean

Madrid, December 2 (European Press) –

The United States and two of its closest partners, the United Kingdom and Australia, are ready to test a new way to track Chinese submarines using artificial intelligence.

Bloomberg News reported that Pacific air mission crews aboard the US Navy’s main maritime surveillance and attack aircraft will use artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to quickly process sonar data collected by underwater devices from the three countries.

This technology could allow allies to track Chinese submarines more quickly and accurately as they look for ways to mitigate the impact of China’s rapid military modernization and its growing global assertiveness. The tests are part of a wide-ranging technology-sharing agreement between the three countries known as Aukus Pillar II.

“These joint developments will allow us to exploit a large volume of data in a timely manner and improve our anti-submarine warfare capabilities,” he explained in a joint statement by the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, the Australian Defense Minister, Richard Marles, and the British Secretary of State for Defense, Grant Shapps, during a meeting in California.

The three powers said they will deploy advanced artificial intelligence algorithms on multiple systems, including the P-8A Poseidon aircraft, to process data from each nation’s underwater detectors.

The three countries fly seaplanes made by Boeing, and the American version of the warplane regularly patrols the Pacific Ocean, including the South China Sea, where it is sometimes intercepted by Chinese fighters. The Poseidon carries torpedoes and cruise missiles for attack. Submarines and surface ships.

The announcements are part of a broader security partnership between the three allies known as OKOS, one of several regional alliances the United States has pursued to counter China.

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The first pillar of the partnership focused on developing Australia’s national nuclear-powered submarine capability, culminating in the joint development of a new submarine to be deployed in 2040, while the second pillar focuses on cooperation in eight technology areas, including quantum technologies, advanced cyber security and technology. . Hypersonic weapons.

The three defense chiefs announced plans to integrate their ability to launch and recover unmanned underwater vehicles from torpedo tubes into their existing submarines for underwater attacks and intelligence gathering. “This capability increases the range and capability of our submarine forces and will also eventually support” Australia’s new submarine, called SSN-AUKUS, the announcement said.

According to the Pentagon’s most recent annual report on China’s military, the country currently operates six nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, six nuclear-powered attack submarines, and 48 diesel/air-powered attack submarines.

According to the report, “The Chinese Navy’s submarine force is expected to grow to 65 units by 2025 and 80 units by 2035, despite the ongoing retirement of older structures due to the expansion of submarine construction capacity.”

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