The United States and Russia are competing in the Navy field by preparing to deploy unmanned submarine drones in international waters amid growing tensions between the two countries.
The US Navy’s Pacific Command announced recently that it has successfully completed tests on its GhostSwimmer drones, the Washington Times reported.
GhostSwimmer is a five-foot long robot resembles a shark, weighs 100 pounds and can operate in various water depths. The robot could be used for surveillance, mine countermeasures, and port security.
Michael Rufo, director of Boston Engineering’s Advanced Systems Group, said the drones would allow the US to have success during more types of missions while keeping divers and sailors safe.
Russia also announced that its fifth generation nuclear submarines would be armed with robots and underwater drones, Russia Today reported.
Russian engineer Nikolay Novoselov said the submarines would be equipped with “contemporary weapons and those currently being developed.”
“We’re talking about battle robots which can be released by the submarine, and a type of underwater drone,” Novoselov said.
The military race between the two superpowers comes while Washington has imposed several rounds of economic sanctions against Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.
In an interview with Press TV on Tuesday, former Senior Foreign Policy Analyst James Jatras said that imposing further sanctions against Russia could turn a Cold War situation between the two countries into a hot war.
“This really runs the risk that what is increasingly a Cold War situation between the United States and Russia could turn into a hot war,” he said.
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