China just unveiled an underwater drone that could one day even the odds against the US and its top allies
- The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) showed off a large unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) called the HSU-001 at the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) rule on October 1.
- The UUV will most likely be used to spy on US allies in the region, rather than carrying out armed missions.
- The US is developing its own UUVs, including small ones that can be dropped from airplanes and used in swarms for reconnaissance or to lay mines, according to Bryan Clark, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CBSA) and an expert on undersea warfare.
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The 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was an occasion to show off some of the military hardware the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been developing.
One weapon the PLA Navy paraded in Tiananmen Square is the HSU-001, a large underwater unmanned vehicle (UUV) that Bryan Clark, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CBSA) and an expert on undersea warfare, told Insider will likely be used fior reconnaissance, particularly of US allies in the region.But while this new technology is certainly strategically useful for China, the CCP hasn't overtaken US military technology just yet.
"We assume they're good," Clark said of China's HSU-001. But "they've got a long way to go."