(PartiallyPolitics.com) – NATO has performed testing for sea drones which will be able to detect suspicious activity using artificial intelligence. Head of NATO’s cell for protecting undersea infrastructure Lt. Gen. Hans-Werner Wiermann revealed that the testing exercises take place over 12 days, and 14 of the NATO member states are participating in the tests off the coast of Portugal.
The tests include examining whether underwater sea drones have the ability to send real-time deterrence signals to any of the alliance’s enemies, such as Russia. The exercise has been called the Dynamic Messenger 23 and Robotic Experimentation and Prototyping with Maritime Unmanned Systems (REPMUS 23) and is going to include more than 2,000 civilians amid military personnel who are going to be focused on testing the under-development technologies which are going to be integrated into the maritime unmanned systems.
The exercise is taking place on the close to one year anniversary of the bombings of the Nord Stream 1 as well as two other Baltic Sea pipelines. This attack showed how hard it is for NATO to detect any underwater attacks and suspicious activities as well as to detect it. It is suspected that Russia was involved in the attack but NATO was not officially assigned responsibility for it to any organization or country.
Russia has denied any involvement in the attack. However, recent reports have shown that Russian spy ships are operating close to NATO’s underwater infrastructure. This has led to concerns that Russia is targeting NATO countries that have assisted Ukraine’s defense.
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