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Originally posted by Daedalus3
May I inquire the quaint interest in Gwadar Helmutt?
"China's submarines, especially its nuclear attack submarines, will frequent Gwadar [a deep sea port in the Pakistani province of Balochistan, which is being described as China's 'listening post' in the Persian Gulf] in the near future. Besides monitoring Chinese naval movements in these waters, India will have to keep an eye on Pakistan's deployment of its newest submarines - the new Air Independent Propulsion [AIP] submarines, like the French Scorpene," Prabhakar says.
"AIP submarines are the quietest ones in the class; running deep and running silent. The varying isothermal layers of the Arabian Sea, owing to the warmth of the waters and salinity, renders detecting sonar signals extremely complicated. Hence the need to have a geostrategic naval base in between Mumbai and Kochi would result in better surveillance and reconnaissance," Prabhakar says, adding that the sea lanes of communication in the Arabian Sea would be monitored better.
Originally posted by Hellmutt
The Chinese have invested at least over $200 Billion (two hundred Billion dollars!) in Gwadar alone