Foreign Affairs/US-Indonesia Relations

Suspected Chinese Sea Drone

On Dec. 20 Indonesian fishermen discovered a suspected Chinese submarine drone in Indonesian waters. Security experts say the high-tech unpowered surveillance drone is known as a glider and relies on variable-buoyancy propulsion. Malcolm Davis from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute said the discovery was noteworthy because it was seized in a crucial maritime route linking the South China Sea to Australia’s northern-most city of Darwin.

“It does send a signal that the Chinese navy is getting ready to deploy submarines closer to our maritime approaches north of Darwin and we need to be ready for the prospect of submarine activity much closer to Australia’s northern coast than we have been experiencing in the past,” Dr Davis said. (Australian Broadcasting Company)