This Video Shows How China Could Dominate the South China Sea

    Robert Beckhusen

    Security, Asia

    Two words: Swarm weapons. 

    A video from late May 2018 shows a swarm of 56 small, unmanned boats operating in the South China Sea. While a rudimentary demonstration, it mirrors similar exercises performed by U.S. Navy boats practicing — semi-autonomously — to defend harbors and intercept incoming vessels.

    The Chinese robo-boats do not appear to be armed, but the company behind it — Yunzhou Tech Corporation — revealed an armed unmanned boat at a Beijing “Civil-Military Integration Expo” in July 2017.

    The show focused on cutting-edge technologies that China believes could provide an “asymmetric” advantage in a conflict with the United States. Meaning, cheaper technologies and tactics that allow a weaker adversary to exploit unanticipated weaknesses in a more powerful opponent.

    If the at-sea demonstration is any sign, those capabilities are developing.

    Recommended: Air War: Stealth F-22 Raptor vs. F-14 Tomcat (That Iran Still Flies)

    Recommended: A New Report Reveals Why There Won’t Be Any ‘New’ F-22 Raptors

    Recommended: How an ‘Old’ F-15 Might Kill Russia’s New Stealth Fighter

    The expensive and difficult portion of a robotic swarm is the technology you can’t see — the networks and algorithms that allow machines to work together and avoid obstacles. The boats themselves are cheap.

    Once you figure out the mathematical problems, then it’s a simple matter of arming each of those small boats with rockets and missiles and sending them after a $ 1 billion cruiser. Like a swarm of mosquitoes, the cruiser can’t swat them all away before one draws blood.

    Read full article

    Loading...

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here