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A US sailor loads sonobuoys into an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham in the Mediterranean Sea, June 16, 2018.

The US just awarded a billion-dollar contract for a critical anti-submarine tool that may soon be in short supply

The Pentagon awarded $1.041 billion defense contract on July 18 for air-launched, expendable sonobuoys — a vital tool for detecting submarines.
A P-8A Poseidon assigned to the Golden Swordsmen of Patrol Squadron 47.

The US and India practiced hunting subs for the first time since signing a deal making it easier to keep track of China

The US and India are improving their anti-submarine warfare capabilities and communications as China has steps up its sub patrols in the Indian Ocean.
A S-3A Viking from the anti-submarine squadron VS-37 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation, December 11 1986.

The US Navy’s carriers have a gaping hole in their defenses against a growing threat, and drones may soon fill it

The Navy phased out several aircraft after the Cold War. Now, with similar threats emerging, it may need to find new ways to regain old abilities.
The Russian Yasen-class nuclear attack submarine Severodvinsk

Russia’s submarines are showing they can strike deep inside Europe, and they’ve got the US Navy on edge

Western officials have warned repeatedly about Russia's increasingly sophisticated and active submarines, but it's what those submarines can do to land targets that may stir the most worry among those leaders and the US Navy.

The US just cut a deal with a major ally that will put China’s submarines in their crosshairs

The US and India have been seeking closer ties for years. The latest deal they signed moves their militaries closer together — and will make it easier to hunt down enemy forces.

US submarines are better than China’s ‘by far,’ but in a war that may not matter

The US Navy's submarines have clear advantages over their Chinese counterparts, but in a showdown at sea — when time and geography play a major role — both sides may find their edge eroded.
A Dutch helicopter participates in NATO's Dynamic Mongoose anti-submarine exercise in the North Sea off the coast of Norway, May 4, 2015.

The Navy thinks Russian subs are a growing threat to Europe, and it’s mounting a full-court press to counter them

US and European naval officials have repeatedly expressed concern about Russia's increasingly active and sophisticated submarines, but countering those subs will take more than just other, better subs.
A US Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft flies out to assist with the international search effort for missing Malaysia Airways Flight MH370, in Perth, Australia, April 16, 2014.

2 more US allies are buying the world’s most advanced sub-hunting airplane, and that should concern China

Two more US allies are poised to buy the P-8A Poseidon, confirming it's one of the world's best sub-hunting aircraft and a counter to China's growing naval might and expansive claims that are unsettling the region.
A Boeing P-8 Poseidon.

With an eye on China, India is looking to buy more US-made advanced sub-hunting planes

India is beefing up its military amid increasing Chinese naval activity in the Indian Ocean.
Chinese sailors on a submarine during the fleet's review of a joint China-Russia naval exercise in the Yellow Sea, April 26, 2012.

China’s growing submarine force is ‘armed to the teeth’ — and the rest of the Pacific is racing to keep up

The US Navy's submarines are the cream of the crop in the Pacific, but they're not the only game in town.