China plans to build a huge underwater laboratory for scientific research. Its use for military purposes is not ruled out.
The marine laboratory will be located 3 thousand meters below the surface of the South China Sea. The project ranks second in the country's top 100 scientific and technological priorities. The main goal of the project is to discover minerals in the ocean. But the laboratory will also be able to perform military functions.
The platform of the laboratory will be mobile, as noted in a recent presentation by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. The crew of twelve will be able to stay on board underwater for a month. The Chinese Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) will undertake the implementation of the deep-water station project.
The exact location of an ocean station will be influenced by both technical and geological factors such as the frequency of typhoons. According to experts, the planned installation site contains about 125 billion barrels of oil and about 15 trillion cubic meters of natural gas. China spent $ 216 billion on research and development in 2015, so there is no doubt about the country's seriousness.
The country has already proven that it can turn its underwater ambitions into reality. Thus, the Chinese bathyscaphe Jiaolong sank 7 thousand meters in the Indian Ocean, setting a world record for diving depth.