The Russian Defense Ministry has begun deploying the Harmony deepwater acoustic monitoring system, according to the Russian newspaper Izvestia.
After completing the installation in 2020, the military will be able to “see” what is happening in the most remote and previously inaccessible areas of the world’s oceans, including the movements of foreign ships and submarines.
The Defense Ministry’s general contractor, Spetsstroi, is constructing a new command post for managing the system on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. A special plant to produce Harmony’s components will be built in the closed city of Severomorsk in the Murmansk Region 930 miles north of Moscow.
The Harmony system consists of a network of robotized ocean bed stations that can work autonomously at temperatures ranging from 14 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit. This stability is obtained with the help of special lithium polymer batteries that have an automatic energy-consumption control system.