Updated February 11, 2018 07:37:03 The US Navy has launched a major new exchange watch to counter what the military sees as a growing threat from Chinese submarines and aircraft.
The new watch, dubbed the U.S. Pacific-based Pacific Watch, is designed to counter Chinese submarine-borne submarines, air defenses, and the ability of Chinese aircraft to evade U.N. restrictions on flights.
The watch will be rolled out next year in Japan, Australia, South Korea, and Singapore, the Navy said in a statement.
The United States and China have been locked in a standoff over territorial disputes over disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.
The dispute has pitted the two countries against each other in the last few years as their navies have waged a deadly war over the islands.
China’s Defense Ministry said in March that it was working on a new submarine-launched ballistic missile, a statement that the Pentagon disputed.
The Pentagon said the latest watch will also include more advanced data analysis capabilities to counter China’s “accelerating capability of deploying, developing, and deploying sophisticated electronic systems to the air and on the sea.”
It will be developed by the Naval Sea Systems Command and the Naval Analysis Center.
The U.A.E.-led U.K.-based Royal Navy has been using a similar watch in the past, though it was not deployed in the Pacific.
In the past year, China has developed stealth technology that could allow its submarines to evade the U,N.
ban on U.NS. freedom of navigation, the U’s Defense Intelligence Agency reported in February.