China’s Deep-sea Robots Rival to America’s


A fleet of Haiyi underwater gliders, which have been developed by Chinese researchers at the Shenyang Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Photo: Chinese Academy of Sciences

A fleet of Haiyi underwater gliders, which have been developed by Chinese researchers at the Shenyang Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Photo: Chinese Academy of Sciences

A test run of an early version of the Haiyi in 2011, carried out in the western Pacific Ocean. Photo: Chinese Academy of Sciences

A test run of an early version of the Haiyi in 2011, carried out in the western Pacific Ocean. Photo: Chinese Academy of Sciences

The missions Chinese researchers carried out using Haiyi underwater gliders in 2015. Photo: Chinese Academy of Sciences

The missions Chinese researchers carried out using Haiyi underwater gliders in 2015. Photo: Chinese Academy of Sciences

China's deep-sea submersible mother ship, Tansuo-1, returns to Sanya in Hainan province on August 12 after its successful maiden voyage to the Mariana Trench. Photo: Xinhua

China’s deep-sea submersible mother ship, Tansuo-1, returns to Sanya in Hainan province on August 12 after its successful maiden voyage to the Mariana Trench. Photo: Xinhua

SCMP describes China’s deep-sea robots in its report today titled “PLA Navy eyes China’s deep-sea underwater glider after successful test shows it rivals US vessel”. The report carries the above photos of the robots and their new mother ship.

The report says that China’s deep-sea underwater glider Haiyi-7000 has recently dived to the depth of 5,751 meters, challenging the record set by US Navy.

It quotes Professor Yu Jiancheng, the lead scientist of the Haiyi project, as saying in an interview with SCMP, “We could have gone deeper, but we did not want to push it to the limit too early.”

The report regards Haiyi as very useful for Chinese navy and says that the navy has been testing several other classified models including the Haiyan, which was developed by researchers at Tianjin University that I described in my post “China Breaks Western Monopoly of Submarine Drone Technology” on June 18.

Source: SCMP “PLA Navy eyes China’s deep-sea underwater glider after successful test shows it rivals US vessel”, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/2012137/chinas-successful-test-deep-sea-underwater-glider-interests-peoples

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2 Comments on “China’s Deep-sea Robots Rival to America’s”

  1. Sentinel says:

    Yes, drone warfare is the warfare of the future. It is cheap, efficient and effective. Once you have the smart drones in huge numbers, it’s defensive capability is, shall we say, almost unbeatable. No American or Japanese submarines, underwater drones, surface warships/drones, and aerial warplanes/drones will be able to penetrate Chinese defense easily at the first island chain or Chinese continental shelf without great cost. The defence will be almost three dimensional and rock solid.

    Drones could be China’s new great wall of steel against that psychopathic “war-mongrel” Obama and his side-kick the militant Jap “grandson of a war-criminal” Abe.

    Now, all Beijing need to do is EMP-proof and electronic jamming-proof all its futuristic AI based robotic drones against its enemies. And secure its well hidden remote control and command underground centres. Including its space satellites.

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  2. Fre Okin says:

    Great job! China should further hybridize UUV’s with cruise missiles, so they can hit US ships from behind, front, sides, 360 degrees, No Escape. Once detected, US ships like LCS, destroyers, even aircraft carriers cannot notice these UUV’s creeping close and take them out. LCS in particular should be hunted down with these UUV’s as it will be easier to service, refuel the UUV’s patrolling close to Chinese coastlines. US LCS are fast, able to outrun Chinese ships, so cruise missiles on UUV’s is needed to hunt them down. Chinese ingenuity should be able to make this kind of ‘seaplane pontoon/UUV’ hybid, a kind of Floating Cruise Missile that is maneuverable by satellite guidance.

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