Maritime Matters by Vijay Sakhuja
Drones and Counter-Warfare
Vijay Sakhuja · 20 Aug, 2018 · 5507
The use of drones has proliferated into many facets of human activity. These range from delivering medical aid/medicines to inaccessible areas, search and rescue during disasters, firefighting, to even the fashion industry: they were recent ...
The Challenges of AI-enabled Underwater Platforms
Vijay Sakhuja · 01 Aug, 2018 · 5497
The Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is likely to acquire a new type of submarine by the early 2020s. According to the South China Morning Post, the Shenyang Institute of Automation under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is ...
Digital Connectivity in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Vijay Sakhuja · 17 Jul, 2018 · 5495
The Indian government has awarded a contract for the installation of a 2,300 km-long optical fiber cable (OFC) across the Bay of Bengal between Chennai in the Indian mainland and Port Blair in the Andaman & Nicobar (A&N) islands. An ...
Disruptive Technologies and Future Naval Warfare
Vijay Sakhuja · 11 Jun, 2018 · 5478
Google’s decision to cancel Project Maven may be a disappointment for the US military who were hoping to use the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning (ML) techniques to analyse huge amounts of video footage ca ...
New Technologies Demand New Laws and Ethics
Vijay Sakhuja · 16 Apr, 2018 · 5457
The Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) met in Geneva earlier this month and emphasised the critical necessity to ban "fully autonomous weapon systems." They urged states to move towards negotiatin ...
Game-changing Technologies for Future Naval Operations
Vijay Sakhuja · 31 Mar, 2018 · 5455
Two new weapon technologies - Solid State Lasers (SSLs) and Electromagnetic Railgun (EMRG) - can augment ship defence against incoming missiles, high speed projectiles and unmanned vehicles/drones. Experts argue that if these are successful ...
The Debut of Counter-Drone Technologies
Vijay Sakhuja · 27 Feb, 2018 · 5438
During his speech at the Munich Security Conference in February 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "brandished" a piece of debris from an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) brought down by the Israeli military af ...
South China Sea: Unmanned Vessels and Future Operations
Vijay Sakhuja · 15 Feb, 2018 · 5433
Two recent developments in the domain of disruptive technologies have invited the attention of naval planners and the strategic community. These relate to US and Chinese investments in unmanned vessels that can shape future naval operatio ...
Maritime Digital Trends in 2018
Vijay Sakhuja · 08 Jan, 2018 · 5417
At the beginning of the year, industries announce trends in their respective domains. Manufacturers publicise major products that will be available in the market; car-makers showcase new models that will be launched during the year; manuf ...
India and Blue Economy in the Bay of Bengal
Vijay Sakhuja · 29 Dec, 2017 · 5412
India’s effort to harness Blue Economy received a boost with the establishment of the International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean). The Centre will operate under the Indian National Centre for Ocean I ...