China Holds UUV Symposium for Coordination in UUV Development


An ocean glider UUV being recovered off the coast of Scotland. On December 15, a similar unmanned underwater vehicle was snatched by the Chinese Navy as it was about to be collected off the coast of the Philippines. Photo: AFP

An ocean glider UUV being recovered off the coast of Scotland. On December 15, a similar unmanned underwater vehicle was snatched by the Chinese Navy as it was about to be collected off the coast of the Philippines. Photo: AFP

In its report “China holds ‘first ever’ underwater drone symposium two days after it seizes US device” today, SCMP quotes Hu Dunxin of the Chinese Academy of Sciences as saying that China’s use of underwater drone (unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV)) technology was advanced.

The symposium was held on December 17, two days after China’s seizure of a US UUV, but SCMP says in the report, “The gathering of more than 100 specialists, organised by the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Shenyang Institute of Automation, is not directly related to the seizure.”

According to the institute’s website, the Institute of Automation is one of the leaders in underwater drone research in China. It has developed a series of UUVs that can operate at depths of between 300 metres and 7,000 metres and the UUV symposium was held as there is urgent need for Chinese research institutions, manufacturers and clients to improve their cooperation for better coordination of UUV research.

The report shows that China has attached great importance to and made great efforts in developing UUVs. No wonder it is capable of detecting, tracking and seizing US UUVs. China does not lag behind the US in UUV technology. That was why I said in my previous post that the seizure has broken US dream of attacking China with UUVs.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be found at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2055723/china-holds-first-ever-underwater-drone-symposium-two.


3 Comments on “China Holds UUV Symposium for Coordination in UUV Development”

  1. Simon says:

    The UUV captured by China last week done in front of the USNS Bowditch in the sea not claim by China was deliberately done to show Donald Trump not to mess with the One China Policy and provoke international headlines to embarrass America. What don’t get reported is the many other American UUVs that got captured in Chinese territorial waters within the 9 dash that got hushed up by Washington and Beijing over the years because its operation was gross violation of Chinese territory.

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  2. Fre Okin says:

    UUV is extremely important as an underwater spy. They are not very expensive. The USN one caught by the Chinese cost $150,000 and can operate up to five months. Obviously China can configure something similar and cheaper. So China should make hundreds of them to swarm the general area near her artificial islands, Bashi Channel, Scarborough Shoal/Huangyang island, near Palawan Oyster Bay and Subic Bay. This is the cheapest way to scare away US subs so they won’t dare to hang out in the SCS near Hainan island.

    US have UUV’s that can be released from submarines, so China should have them too to scout the sea around the sub to report back to her sub on enemy subs lurking nearby. So UUV is very important for detecting enemies and protecting the mother sub.

    Finally China should develop a single torpedo incorporated into UUV to shoot at suspected subs or just get close and do a kamikaze explosion to take down the enemy sub. Obviously this will not be easy and require more on board power to make this UUV able to do sufficient duration patrolling, like a month’s worth perhaps during period of high tension. Effectively this torpedo UUV operate as a mini mini unmanned sub on a suicide mission. Hope the Chinese engineers can design such a lethal UUV.

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  3. Steve says:

    I recall 3 weeks ago the Filipino fishermen netted a US UUV around Huangyan Island and brought it on board the boat. It’s incredible news that China’s UUV can operate from 300m to 7000 metres and silently detecting US/Japanese/Vietnamese/Indian Submarines.

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