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From Russia with submarine, from Congress with millions

Staff writer ▼ | August 20, 2015
The U.S. 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.
Russian submarine
Defense   The U.S. Navy is seeking $56.5 million
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.

“The unclassified requests, still pending before Congress, provide a glimpse into mostly classified programs. They are the Navy’s equivalent of the Army’s well-publicized increase of troop rotations, exercises and equipment repositioning in the Baltics and other locations to reassure European allies,” Bloomberg says.

According to Russia’s new maritime strategy, announced by President Vladimir Putin in July, the Arctic, the Atlantic and Crimea, as well as cooperation with China in the Pacific, are now among the most important interests of Russia.