The Russian military vessel is closely monitored by the U.S. intelligence. The US is concerned over the fact that the Russian research ship Yantar could be gathering intelligence on underwater sensors and other equipment used by U.S. nuclear submarines.
It seems that Russian research ship Yantar is interested in the US submarines, their transit lanes, and training areas, which are positioned from Atlantic to Europe.
Yantar was built in a Baltic Sea shipyard and launched last spring. Based on the official report, the ship is equipped with the latest equipment for acoustic, biological, physical, and geophysical investigations. Thus, it has the ability to gather data on the ocean environment, both in motion and on hold.
Yantar is equipped with the latest deep-sea surveillance technology and cable-cutting equipment.
In addition to this, Yantar has the adequate equipment which can be used to rescue entangled submarines.
It is also believed that Yantar is used as part of a Russian underwater reconnaissance program, with the aim is to recognize undersea communications trunk lines and nodes. One of the aims of this program is to map the global information network, which includes dedicated military links as well as leased communications and computer systems.
Pentagon is also concerned over Russia’s ability to conduct hybrid warfare. It is believed that Russia has developed new warfighting techniques which utilize traditional military capabilities with cyber attacks.
The US is closely monitoring the movement of Yantar across the ocean. As long as it operates in accordance with the international law, nobody will interfere with its actions.
According to a Canadian-based open-source intelligence analyst Steffan Watkins, it is widely known that Russia uses navy to inspect previously detected U.S. underwater sensors or cables and new equipment which could disclose U.S. operations.
He also added that Russia is merely looking into underwater cables in order to prepare their own defenses if needed.
The US is also concerned because Russia is developing a new class of intelligence-gathering and electronic warfare ships called Yuri Ivanov-class vessels. These ships are capable of following and tracking of U.S. warships.
The first one was launched in July.