From Russia With Sub? US in Fear of Russia’s Activity in the Atlantic

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
By Paul Martin

SputnikNews.com
19.08.2015

The US is ready to spend as much as $56.5 million on a so-called “sophisticated surveillance device” to be planted in the Atlantic Ocean, similar to the one it already uses in the Pacific; experts say the reason is that “the US military views Russian submarine activity in the Atlantic as both an immediate risk and an emerging long-term threat.”

The US Navy is seeking $56.5 million to upgrade its ability to detect submarines in fear of Russia’s activity in the Atlantic, according to a Bloomberg report.

The money is to be spent on a “sophisticated surveillance device,” towed by a ship, similar to the one already in use in the Pacific.

“As soon as mid-2016, the service also wants to send to the Atlantic a prototype networked undersea sensor system that addresses emergent real-world threats,” the agency quotes a Defense Department budget document as reading.

Both systems are intended to meet “an urgent requirement” sought by US combatant commanders responsible for Europe and homeland defense.

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