China’s plan to use artificial intelligence to boost the thinking skills of nuclear submarine commanders

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Equipping nuclear submarines with AI would give China an upper hand in undersea battles while pushing applications of the technology to a new level

China is working to update the rugged old computer systems on nuclear submarines with artificial intelligence to enhance the potential thinking skills of commanding officers, a senior scientist involved with the programme told the South China Morning Post.

A submarine with AI-augmented brainpower not only would give China’s large navy an upper hand in battle under the world’s oceans but would push applications of AI technology to a new level, according to the researcher, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the project’s sensitivity.

“Though a submarine has enormous power of destruction, its brain is actually quite small,” the researcher said. Continue reading

Israel set to welcome its newest nuclear-capable submarine

INS Rahav, which arrives in Haifa from Germany Tuesday, expands Israel’s purported ‘second-launch’ naval capabilities to five subs

The INS Rahav is expected to reach Haifa on Tuesday, where top government and military officials will welcome the newest addition to Israel’s small navy.

The German-built Rahav left the German port of Kiel last month. Continue reading

Russian President Vladimir Putin promises new weapons will outstrip Western defence technology

Putin wants ‘new weapons’ to defy west

 

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin has promised his military commanders a new array of weapons — from intercontinental nuclear missiles to aircraft and submarines — to counter what he calls ‘growing Western aggression’.

Mr Putin’s statement came as the military successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile launched from a nuclear submarine yesterday.\Putin accused the West of using the crisis in Ukraine to reinvigorate NATO, warning that Moscow will ponder a response to the alliance’s decision to create a rapid-reaction “spearhead” force to protect Eastern Europe.

His comments came as Russia’s relations with the West have plunged to their lowest point since the Cold War due to Russia’s role in the crisis in Ukraine. They appear to show that the Russian leader is determined to pursue a tough course in the face of more Western sanctions.

“We have warned many times that we would have to take corresponding countermeasures to ensure our security,” Putin said, adding that he would now take personal charge of the government commission overseeing military industries.

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Russian Navy to Receive 50 New Vessels by End of 2014

…and just to think the Russian Navy has already finished its 131st nuclear submarine. All while America commits national suicide and disarms itself, believing it is taking the ‘moral high ground’ while its chopping block is being prepared.

While America’s inaction shows its unwillingness to confront Russia’s resurgence, another global power gears up to counter it.

Russia’s navy is slated to receive more than 50 new vessels before the end of the year, navy commander in chief Adm. Viktor Chirkov said in a June 21 statement.

Among the new vessels is a Project 636 diesel-electric ultra quiet submarine that joined the Black Sea Fleet on June 26, 2013, and a new-generation Project 12700 mine countermeasures ship that will launch on June 27. The admiral said that by the end of the year, the navy will receive five more Project 636 submarines, four Raptor patrol boats and over 40 other combat and logistic vessels.

By 2020, Chirkov said, the Black Sea Fleet will also have 30 new warships. Continue reading

India activates ‘secret’ undersea missile

Amid escalation of simmering tension along the LoC in the wake of unprovoked killing of jawans leading to heightened resentment across the nation, India is contemplating to go for the maiden trial of its long range nuke-capable undersea missile K-4, which had been kept secret so far.

If things go as per the programme, defence sources said the indigenously built submarine launched ballistic (SLBM) missile, which has a strike range of 3000-km to 3,500-km will be test fired from a submerged pontoon, which is almost identical to submarine, off the Vishakhapatnam coast next month. Continue reading

Russian Nuclear Submarine as Omen — Will U.S. Continue to Disarm?

The Yury Dolgoruky is the first of the new Borei (North Wind) class of ballistic submarines replacing earlier Soviet-era subs. Although the United States still has the edge in nuclear submarine numbers and effectiveness, Moscow and its allies are demonstrating the will to challenge the United States, but America seems unaware of this multi-national assertion of new-found strength.

For the United States, the period from initial design to implementation of a new major weapons system can take decades. A new model nuclear submarine, for instance, will take about 20 years from drawing board to acceptance into the active fleet, according to Rick Norris, a former U.S. intelligence analyst with over two decades of experience.

Norris, however, is more alarmed at the small and ageing number of individuals who can design nuclear weapons systems for America’s future needs. Norris informed International News Analysis Today that the shrinking and ageing number of U.S. nuclear weapons designers “is of significant concern to our strategic planners and is a current topic under discussion, if not at the highest levels, at least at intermediate military strategic planning levels.”

It is at the “intermediate military strategic planning” levels where scientific development meets military requirements and realities.

American weapons design is increasingly dependent on foreign scientists working in the U.S., in large part because mathematics, physics, and related sciences are deemphasized in the American educational system, Norris stated.

While Moscow has its problems in design and implementation, governmental commitment at the highest levels is not one of them. But, for many in the U.S. government, and those influencing the mass media – liberal and conservative — Moscow remains a post-Cold War stereotype: a weak nation and an insignificant player on the world scene.

Full article: Russian Nuclear Submarine as Omen — Will U.S. Continue to Disarm? (International News Analysis Today)

Destination Persian Gulf? US nuclear sub and destroyer enter Red Sea

Two ships of the US Navy, the nuclear submarine USS Annapolis and the destroyer USS Momsen have passed through the Suez Canal into the Red Sea. Although their destination is confidential, they are now getting dangerously close to the Persian Gulf.

The ships’ passage was a major operation for the Suez administration as due to safety reasons they had to close off the canal to all other traffic and even shut down the bridge, disrupting the link between the banks for some four hours. The traffic on the roadways alongside the canal was also restricted, Interfax news agency reports.

There are no reports regarding the destination of the vessels, but the news come amid the ongoing crisis in the relationship between the US and Iran. There is mounting speculation that the Annapolis and the Momsen are heading to the Persian Gulf to reinforce the US naval forces already present in the region.

Continue reading article: Destination Persian Gulf? US nuclear sub and destroyer enter Red Sea (Russia Today)

India’s new war toy

India on Monday acquired a nuclear submarine from Russia and became the sixth country in the world to have such capability. The new war toy has been taken on lease for a period of 10 years which will cost India $1 billion. What is still more alarming is that according to reports India is in talk with Russia for getting another nuclear submarine on lease.

Continue reading article: India’s new war toy (The Nation)