Inexpensive UCAV’s made in China Potentially Arms US Rivals

Inexpensive drones made in China could end up arming potential U.S. rivals such as North Korea, Iran and other organizations.

China already makes drones that don't quite match up to U.S. military drones, but for a fraction of the cost. The Chinese military envisions such unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs) scouting out battlefield targets, guiding missile and artillery strikes, and swarming potential adversaries, such as U.S. carrier battle groups.

"In whatever future conflict scenario we're in five or 10 years from now, the proliferation of UAVs is going to complicate things for the U.S. military," said Ian Easton, a research fellow at the Project 2049 Institute.

China has built a huge military-industrial complex to support its growing drone fleet, which consisted of about 280 military drones as of mid-2011, according to a report released by the Project 2049 Institute on March 11. Chinese manufacturers supplying the military and state agencies also have begun seeking foreign buyers in a global drone market that aerospace and defense market research firm Teal Group estimates to be worth $89 billion over the next 10 years.

Retired Chinese generals have stated on Chinese state television station CCTV that Chinese drone technology lags American technology by about five years, Easton said. However, Chinese manufacturers are touting their plans to build drones five or even 10 times cheaper than comparable U.S. drones, whose hardware alone costs $5 million to $10 million.

The idea of cheap, China-made drones may not tempt countries such as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia or NATO allies that want to buy the best U.S. or Israeli drone hardware. Instead, China is seeking buyers in the Middle East and Africa at glitzy expositions such as China’s biennial Zhuhai Air Show.

"In the area of the Middle East, there could be direct competition, and the Chinese would have an advantage because they can apparently make UAVs cheaper," Easton."For countries that don't demand the best technology, good enough would be good enough."

That means countries such as Syria might obtain Chinese drones for the surveillance or oppression of their own citizens, Easton said. He added that Chinese drones also could end up in the hands of North Korea or Iran — regional hotspots where the U.S. military may potentially find itself embroiled in future conflicts.

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Chinese Nuclear Submarines in Indian waters concerns Indian Navy

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Chinese Nuclear Submarine

For the first time in the history, the Indian Navy has solid hints that a fleet of Chinese nuclear submarines is making numerous sorties into the Indian Ocean.

Indian Navy said they have recorded 22 such operations in which Chinese nuclear subs are in Indian waters. One submarine was spotted near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Indian defense ministry said in a report that “22 unknown submarine contacts were detected by Indian and U.S sonar in the Indian Ocean”

The assessment is that China is the only other navy capable of operating in the Indian water. The assessment has been confirmed by U.S. and Indian intelligence inputs.

The extent of Chinese submarines’ frequent sorties into the Indian Ocean can be deeply troubling for the Indian Navy.

Sources tell that “one contact with a suspected Chinese submarine took place just 90 km from Indian soil in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.”

Six contacts took place north-west of the Straits of Malacca, 13 south of Sri Lanka and two as far as the Arabian Sea.

The first such Chinese submarine was spotted on sonar in August 2012 during a patrol of Indian and U.S. navy ships, confident that they are the only two navies operating in the Indian Ocean.

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