Monday, December 4, 2017

Argentina to rely on US, Russian robots to find missing submarine

ARA San Juan
Argentina is relying on the robotic undersea search vehicles provided by Russia and the US, which will arrive in the coming days in the South Atlantic, to find the ARA San Juan, the Argentine navy submarine that disappeared with 44 crewmembers on board more than two weeks ago, the navy said on Monday.

Specifically, it is anticipated that on Tuesday the Russian scientific exploration vessel Yantar will arrive in the area with high-tech equipment for inspecting the underwater environment and it can begin searches of the ocean bottom down to a depth of 6,000 meters (about 3.7 miles).

Argentine navy Capt. Enrique Balbi said in his daily briefing on the submarine search that on Friday a vessel will set sail from Argentina carrying a US robot undersea vehicle, which will also be able to inspect the ocean floor down to 6,000 meters.

Both robot vehicles have "dynamic" positioning systems that will aid them in their work, but the weather conditions in the search area are not predicted to be very good in the coming days.

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