A hundred marine drones will be deployed in the Gulf, according to the American command.
Published on 19.11.2022
AFP reports that a US-led operational unit will deploy more than 100 drones in strategic Gulf waters by next year, the head of the US Middle East Command announced on Saturday ( centcom).
General Michael Kurilla’s announcement comes days after the attack in the Arabian Sea on an oil tanker owned by an Israeli billionaire, attributed to Iran by “Israel” and the United States. The United States and several Gulf countries regularly denounce Tehran’s actions in this particularly strategic maritime zone, an almost exclusive shipping route to link the Gulf oil countries to world markets.
“By next year,” Task Force 59 will assemble a fleet of more than 100 surface and submarine drones “operating together, communicating together,” General Kurilla said at the annual security conference in Manama, Bahrain. This unit was launched in September 2021 in Bahrain, where the United States 5th Fleet is based, to develop surveillance capabilities in this area using drones and artificial intelligence, after a series of drone attacks attributed to the Islamic Republic.
In addition to this device, the United States “is setting up an experimental program here in the Middle East to defeat enemy drones with our partners,” added General Kurilla, without giving further details. According to him, “adversary drones” are the greatest technological threat to regional security.