The head of the Central Command of the US Armed Forces specified that around 80% of these ships will belong to Washington's partners in the area, where they are relatively attacks against commercial ships and oil tankers are common
Washington and its allies regional authorities will deploy more than a hundred unmanned vessels by 2023 to help ensure maritime security in the Middle East, he announced Saturday in >Bahrain the head of the Central Command (CENTCOM) of the US Armed Forces, Michael “Erik” Kurilla.
“Next year around this time, the Working Group 59 it will bring together a fleet of more than 100 unmanned surface and underwater ships that will operate together, communicate together and provide maritime domain knowledge to all participating militaries,” Kurilla said.
According to what he specified during a speech at the Manama Dialogue forum, around 80% of these vessels will belong to partners of the United States in the area, where attacks are relatively common against commercial ships and oil tankers or arms trafficking and other illegal cargo.
The maritime deployment will be part of a more ambitious project that also intends to expand to air and land areas in the future, explained the US high command.
The head of the Central Command (CENTCOM) of the US Armed Forces, Michael “Erik” Kurilla
Two other Working Groups will be in charge of “replicating” the plan with < b>drones that have adapted payloads, among other capabilities, and to test “concepts and technology” to develop a fleet of driverless ground vehicles, respectively.
Kurilla explained that all these unmanned systems will be integrated into the same network and will “constantly” send information to centers equipped with an artificial intelligence program, which in turn will allow analysts to receive “crucial” data in real time.
Washington is also working with its allies to create an “experimental” program to deal with enemy drones, which is being developed. becoming one of the greatest “technological threats to regional security,” warned the general.
The proliferation of kamikaze drones Iranians has become a concern for many countries and the European Union has already imposed sanctions on Iran after verifying that it gave unmanned vehicles of this type to Russia, with which Moscow destroys Ukrainian civilian infrastructure.
This same week, a product tanker loaded with diesel was hit by a projectile while sailing through the Gulf of Oman, an action that an Israeli officer consulted by EFE attributed to an Iranian Shahed-136 drone.
Also these days, the US Fifth Fleet Navy, based in Bahrain, announced that it had intercepted from the Persian Gulf a fishing boat that was transporting chemicals for the manufacture of explosives and missiles to Yemen, assuring that the ship came from Iran.
(With information from EFE)