An operational unit led by USA will deploy more than 100 drones in the strategic waters of the Gulf next year, the head of the US Middle East Command announced Saturday (centcom).
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The General’s Announcement michael kurilla It comes just days after the attack in the Oman Sea on an oil tanker owned by an Israeli billionaire, blamed on Iran by Israel and the United States.
The United States and several Gulf countries regularly denounce Tehran’s actions in this particularly strategic maritime zone, an almost exclusive waterway to connect the Gulf oil countries with world markets.
“For next year”, Task Force 59 will assemble a fleet of more than 100 surface and submarine drones “operating and communicating together”, General Kurilla said at the annual security conference in Manama, Bahrain.
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This unit was launched in September 2021 in Bahrain, where the United States’ fifth fleet is located, to develop surveillance capabilities in this area thanks to drones and artificial intelligence, after a series of drone attacks attributed to the Islamic Republic.
In addition to this device, the United States “launching an experimentation program here in the Middle East to defeat enemy drones with our partners,” added General Kurilla, without elaborating.
According to him, “enemy drones” are the greatest technological threat to regional security.
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