South China Sea: China preparing to deploy drones in South China Sea
Beijing : New satellite images indicate that China is preparing to deploy drones on a large scale in the South China Sea. However, nothing is clear about their intention to do so.
Satellite images show two large unmanned underwater vehicles (XLUVs) stationed at the Sanya Naval Base on Hainan Island, Asia Times reported. Geographically, this place is very close to the South China Sea. According to the report, both these vehicles are present here from March-April 2021 but now it has been detected through satellite images. With this, it is being said that both the XLUVs have been sighted near an area where China already maintains a base of small submarines. This shows that they have been kept here for testing.
Defense analyst HI Sutton says the underwater vehicles are 16 meters long and 2 meters wide. They elaborate on their use that they are capable of espionage and surveillance. They can be used in mine laying, anti-submarine warfare and special operations. China can go ahead and expand its fleet of drones. According to an earlier report in Asia Times, the South Sea is the perfect place to deploy the XLUV.