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UDT Asia: China to upgrade undersea sensors

11th January 2017 - 12:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


China is believed to be expanding an underwater sensor network, which was established beginning from October 2014, in the Western Pacific to better suit its military needs.

According to a Xinhua article published on 1 January, China has a civilian network of hundreds of buoys, ostensibly for scientific purposes, tethered up to 400-500m deep in the Western Pacific. They measure climate change parameters and currents.

However, some analysts suspect that a similar military undersea network is already in use by China to enhance submarine communications.

Xinhua reported that the scientific sensors will be upgraded in 2017, allowing them to feed

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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