DUBAI: The US Navy’s Fifth Fleet stated on Thursday it launched a new task force in the Gulf integrating drones as well as artificial intelligence complying with maritime strikes condemned on Iran.
A statement by the United States Naval Forces Central Command, or NAVCENT, claimed the task force would depend on regional as well as coalition collaborations.
“The bottom line on why we’re doing this is to make sure that we can create and also integrate unmanned systems and also AI as a way to do 2 things,” NAVCENT leader Brad Cooper claimed.
“One, enhance our maritime domain name awareness, as well as two, boost deterrence,” he stated in the declaration.
Given That February, Iran as well as its arch-enemy Israel have been charged of participating in what analysts have actually called a “darkness war”, in which vessels linked to every country have come under fire in waters around the Gulf in tit-for-tat exchanges.
On July 29 an attack versus the Israeli-linked MT Mercer Road oil products tanker off Oman’s coastline eliminated a British guard and also a Romanian team member.
G7 foreign ministers last month said “all offered proof plainly points to Iran” being behind the strike in which drones were used.
Iran declined the claims, which came days before ultraconservative President Ebrahim Raisi took office in the Islamic republic. The assault on the Mercer Road came amidst stalled talks between Tehran as well as world powers aimed at revitalizing the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
United States Navy spokesperson Tim Hawkins stated the task force was “committed to quickly integrate unmanned systems and artificial intelligence with maritime procedures in the Fifth Fleet area”. “When we speak about the integration of brand-new unmanned systems, we’re speaking about systems that can be made use of under, on and above the water,” he stated.
Iran has likewise been accused of pirating an asphalt as well as bitumen vessel in the Gulf of Oman in August, which it refuted. The 5th Fleet is based in the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain.