In the territorial waters of Indonesia 20 December, an unusual item was caught. An Indonesian fisherman's catch allegedly was an underwater drone of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.
Judging by the photos, the find strongly resembles the unmanned underwater vehicle Sea Wing, Chinese military.
The discovery of the drone became known thanks to the publication of the Indonesian edition of detikNews. It says, what drone, on the nose of which is placed something like a sensor grid, reaches a length of just over two meters, not counting the long antenna (about 93 cm) or sensor, coming from the back. The drone has a torpedo body with a pair of wings (by 50 cm), installed in the center, and vertical tail.
The drone was caught near the Selayar Islands in the South Sulawesi province. This zone is located at a considerable distance from the territorial waters of the PRC. It is located between the Sunda and Lombok straits, connecting the Indian Ocean with the South China Sea.
The fact of the presence of Chinese underwater drones here may indicate that, that the PRC is studying the underwater relief outside its territorial waters. If the drones belong to the PLA, then it could mean, that China is studying routes of passage from the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean for its warships and submarines.
Such glider-type drones are often used for hydrographic surveys and help in the creation of underwater maps.. As the PLA Navy is working to, to project your power further and further from the PRC coastline, the availability of modern and detailed nautical charts is necessary for China as for solving everyday problems, and in case of possible military action.
true, China has not officially admitted the loss of a marine drone off the coast of Indonesia