China Reveals Plans for ‘Phantom’ Underwater Drone War Against U.S.

As mentioned within the article:

“For targeting, the Chinese will rely on networks of underwater sensors to provide targeting data, such as floating and underwater buoys, bionic fish-like devices, and underwater gliders capable of gathering target signatures.”

…the groundwork has already taken place. The Chinese are preparing for war with help from Canada, a silent partner against America, as indicated in a previous article:

Canada installs Chinese underwater monitoring devices next to US nuclear submarine base

Thanks, Canada.

In the future, entire U.S. Navy fleets providing a buffer in war will likely just get instantly wiped out, disappear from radar, and America will have to fight a foreign invasion for the first time in history — and not only from China, but Russia as well, with a long-planned One Clenched Fist.


Kanyon UUV / Artist's rendering

Artistic rendering of a drone submersible


Artificial intelligence-powered drone subs to target American carriers

China’s military is preparing to wage autonomous underwater warfare against the United States, including the use of drone submarine attacks on American aircraft carriers, according to the official Chinese military newspaper.

“Underwater offensive and defense operations constitute a major battle domain for the seizure of sea supremacy, and represent a major means of winning superiority in maritime operations,” the newspaper of the People’s Liberation Army stated in an Oct. 25 report.

The report said China envisions future unmanned underwater vehicles conducting stealthy autonomous attacks and relying on networks of sensors planted around the world in the sea floor that can be triggered by satellites.

Autonomous underwater warfare capabilities are part of the Chinese military’s decades-long arms buildup of forces capable of defeating the United States.

The PLA report provides a rare glimpse into Chinese military thinking for deterrence and future underwater warfare.

Smart submarines operating and attacking on their own, and new high-tech underwater weapons are the “new frontier mainly for laying ambushes with underwater robots, smart ‘phantom’ weapons, and bionic fish-like devices to shape a network-based operations system.”

Underwater attacks will be carried out using AI-powered robot submarines that operate “without relying on human control” to assess targets automatically, and organize coordinated attacks in what the military report calls “underwater phantom warfare.”

Before a crisis evolves into a war, the ‘phantom’ weapons may be deployed ahead of time in a way of deep submerging below the sea surface or deep lurking on the seafloor beneath a strategic sea channel, or a sea strait that the adversary’s vessels will certainly pass through, one may activate such weapons via the space-based or sea-based low-frequency signal system to shape a pre-deployed underwater operations system with the capability of self-determined smart attacks,” the report said.

AI underwater drones also can be used to impose a self-activated blockade of fixed targets based on the weapons’ automatic target identification capabilities.

The drone submarines also will employ unbreakable coded communications and data transmission sent by advanced quantum computers.

The Chinese envision the use of a complex “neural network” of self-thinking weapons with the power of “cerebral cognition” by massive processing of underwater acoustic signals and images.

“Such a weapon system is able to automatically divide and gather a cluster of actors linked to the underwater smart communications network, and is also able to perform unmanned, self-determined, self-coordinated underwater operations to deliver precision strikes and destroy the main opponent’s carrier battle group or other surface ship formation,” the report said.

The carrier attacks will be conducted while the drone weapons communications are cut off from the external world.

For targeting, the Chinese will rely on networks of underwater sensors to provide targeting data, such as floating and underwater buoys, bionic fish-like devices, and underwater gliders capable of gathering target signatures.

Robot weapons and mines also will be planted on the sea floor or buried beneath it, and will be supported by underwater power charging pillars and energy tanks that will use non-contact wireless energy storage, power charging, and information relay capabilities.

As part of its future underwater warfare operations, the Chinese have begun gathering massive amounts of data on the electronic signatures of surface ships and submarines that will be used in a database for smart unmanned underwater attack weapons.

Thus China, which was disinvited from this year’s large-scale U.S.-led naval exercise in the Pacific, dispatched an intelligence-gathering vessel to monitor the war games.

The AI submarine drones will be self-controlled with “the capability of thinking” and that will be able to “back off from its original decisions.”

The system will employ algorithms similar to those used in the AlphaGo deep learning program that was the first to defeat a human in the chess-like Asian game of Go.

Full article: China Reveals Plans for ‘Phantom’ Underwater Drone War Against U.S. (Washington Free Beacon)

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