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    Re: Japan Defence News

    Post  Militarov on Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:33 am

    max steel wrote:Japan provides details of Soryu-class submarine offered to Australia

    Some technical information on the modified Soryu-class submarine proposed by Japan for Australia's AUD50 billion (USD37 billion) Future Submarine programme has been revealed for the first time to correct what the Japanese embassy described as erroneous information related to the Soryu's specifications and capabilities.

    The details were included in an unusual statement sent by Japanese ambassador Sumio Kusaka to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and to specialist media, including IHS Jane's .

    According to the statement, concerns that the Soryu would not be able to meet the Australian cruising range requirements were unfounded; the fuel load would be increased by extending the hull and re-designing the positioning of fuel tanks.

    Wait, doesnt Japan have law by which export of military equipment is forbidden?
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    Re: Japan Defence News

    Post  max steel on Fri May 20, 2016 12:48 am

    Japan Shops Futuristic Sub-Hunter Plane




    It’s Kawasaki’s new P-1 submarine-hunting airplane, the first of its kind Japan has shown to foreign buyers after loosening World War II-era arms exports restrictions. And it’s a doozy.

    Kawasaki reps are in the U.S. this week, showing off a small model of the plane at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space conference, a mass gathering of American and foreign naval officials. Company officials have hooked the sound of its roaring engines into a small Bose speaker strapped to the model’s base, drawing the attention of passers by.

    The display inside a massive conference center just outside the Washington Beltway marks the first time Kawasaki has showcased the plane at an American trade show, a company rep said. Japan modified its constitution in 2014, allowing Tokyo to export arms for the first time since World War II. Kawasaki pitched the P-1 at an arms show in Japan last summer.

    As China and North Korea step up their submarine patrols, maritime surveillance aircraft are in demand.

    “In 2015, China continued the trend of conducting submarine deployments to the Indian Ocean, ostensibly in support of its counterpiracy patrols,” the Pentagon said last week in its annual assessment of Beijing’s military.

    Kawasaki is billing the P-1 as a replacement for the Lockheed P-3 Orion, a plane flown in the Asia-Pacific by Japan, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Thailand.

    The U.S. military is replacing its own P-3s with the P-8 Poseidon, a sub-hunting plane based on Boeing’s 737 jetliner. India is also buying the P-8 and the U.K. is planning to place an order for the first of nine P-8s this summer.

    The company rep at the Sea-Air-Space show didn’t list any specific countries they were targeting for sales. Next to the model airplane were glossy brochures with pictures, performance data and comparison charts, akin to the marketing material distributed by American firms.

    “The P-1 is a [Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force] long-range, long-endurance anti-submarine warfare maritime patrol aircraft which provides superiority in the territorial waters and coastal regions of Japan,” one brochure reads.

    The plane’s “large windshields and bubble windows enables superior visibility,” reads another page, above a picture of a Japanese P-1 taking off. “The P-1 is especially suited for low-altitude [anti-submarine warfare] with its large wing and spacious fuselage.”

    And it can pack some firepower too: bombs, missiles, torpedoes, and mines fit inside an internal weapons bay or can be strapped to its wings.

    Japan launched the P-1 project in 2001. The plane flew for the first time in 2007 and Japan has been has been flying the P-1 operationally since 2013. Japan’s P-1s are replacing its own P-3s, which were built by Kawasaki under license from Lockheed. Japan plans to have at least 28 P-1s by the end of the decade and 70 by 2027.

    In the brochure, Kawasaki has a picture of a P-1 flying alongside a P-3 with a snow-capped Mount Fuji in the background. Perhaps a metaphor for the steep hill the plane has to climb to lock down some foreign sales.
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    Re: Japan Defence News

    Post  Militarov on Wed May 25, 2016 11:26 am

    "Kawasaki Heavy Industries has announced the successful first flight of third prototype Kawasaki C-2 (68-1203) military transport aircraft in May 17, 2016 (Tuesday).

    The first flight will take off the Gifu base to 11 pm 28 minutes of May 17 (Tuesday), return to Gifu base after making a flight of three hours, was safely landed.

    The Kawasaki C-2 (previously C-X) is a mid-size, twin-turbofan engine, long range, high speed military transport aircraft being developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force(JASDF).





    The C-2 has a payload capacity of 37.6 t. It is worth noting that the older C-1 can carry only 10 t and C-130 Hercules – 19 t. The C-2 has similar dimensions and payload capacity to the Airbus A400M. It will be used to transport troop, drop supplies and perform medical evacuation. It can carry about 120 troops, or 8 standard air cargo pallets or one UH-60J helicopter. It has a rear loading ramp that can open in flight.
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    It actually looks very promising to me.

    Source: http://defence-blog.com/news/in-japan-hosted-the-first-flight-of-third-prototype-of-kawasaki-c-2.html
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    Re: Japan Defence News

    Post  max steel on Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:35 am

    Japan to Upgrade Missile Shield in Fear of a North Korean Nuke Strike

    Japan plans to upgrade its Patriot PAC-3 missile defense system ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, as the country copes with the threat of a reportedly increasingly unhinged North Korean leadership, according to the Japan Times.
    Reports that Tokyo plans to upgrade their missile defense, adding both range and accuracy to intercept increasingly advanced North Korean ballistic missiles, comes one day after Pyongyang used terminology to come within a hair’s breadth of declaring war on the United States.

    Although social media users had fun with the idea that North Korea would declare war on the West, lighting Twitter up with memes mocking Kim Jong-Un, Tokyo does not believe that the bellicose rhetoric by Pyongyang is disingenuous.

    The plan reportedly calls for the most significant upgrade to Japan’s military defense system in a decade, signaling that Tokyo worries that an increasingly isolated North Korean leadership may attempt to strike Japan and South Korea with weapons of mass destruction, even knowing that such an act would be national suicide.

    The rollout of Tokyo’s advanced Missile Segment Enhancement, which would double the range of the current PAC-3 missiles to around 30 km (18.6 miles), will likely start next year, according to four unnamed high-level sources interviewed by the Japan Times.

    North Korea is thought to be approaching the capability of launching a nuclear weapon against Japan, with conflicting reports earlier this year purporting that Pyongyang had mastered the miniaturization process; that of compacting nuclear material into a sufficiently small warhead to be carried by a missile.

    Pyongyang’s recent missile tests, though mostly failures, nonetheless cause concern, after North Korea test-fired two Musudan rockets. Although the first launch failed completely, the second traveled some 400km (249 miles), more than halfway to the Japanese coast, reaching an altitude of 1,000km (621 miles), enough to give its warhead a range of over 3,000km (1,864 miles), before falling into the sea.

    The recent developments suggest that Tokyo is directly in Pyongyang’s crosshairs, should the so-called Hermit Kingdom engage in a nuclear strike.

    Experts also note that North Korea’s Musudan missile would descend back to land at speeds of several kilometers a second, which they believe is too fast to be intercepted by the current PAC-3 anti-missile batteries, Japan’s last line of defense.

    According to sources, Japan’s biggest defense contractor, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), will work to upgrade the country’s PAC-3 anti-missile batteries under license from US defense contractors Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, after April 2017.

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    Re: Japan Defence News

    Post  airstrike on Sat Sep 24, 2016 7:03 am

    Lockheed Martin and Japan roll out first F-35A for the Japan Air Self Defense Force

    http://echelon-defense.com/2016/09/24/lockheed-martin-and-japan-roll-out-first-f-35a-for-the-japan-air-self-defense-force/
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    Re: Japan Defence News

    Post  George1 on Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:43 am

    The prototype demonstrator promising Japanese wheeled armored vehicle



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    Re: Japan Defence News

    Post  George1 on Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:23 am

    Japanese fleet received the second Kaga helicopter project 24DDH



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    Re: Japan Defence News

    Post  George1 on Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:14 pm

    Japanese fleet tested supersonic anti-ship missile



    According to the web resource www.navyrecognition.com with reference to information from the representative of the British company Qinetiq, held from 12 to 14 June 2017 in Tokyo, the naval exhibition and conference MAST Asia 2017 (Maritime Air Systems & Technologies), the procurement and research The Japanese Defense Ministry's Acquisition Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA) has conducted a test of a prospective anti-shiplift sea-launched XSSM missile. During the test, which is not reported, a prototype XSSM anti-ship missile was launched from the ASE 6102 Asuka test ship of the Japanese Naval Defense Force at the 9-meter high-speed target boat Barracuda USV-MT produced by the Canadian branch of Qinetiq, and as stated Representative of Qinetiq, "Barracuda USV-MT successfully implemented the task for the ATLA XSSM project".

    This is the first known marine test of the XSSM RCC. The development of the new XSSM anti-ship missile is carried out in Japan in great secrecy and to this day neither the look nor the characteristics of the rocket have been published. The first mention of the program in Japanese communications refers to 2012. Nevertheless, according to unofficial Japanese publications, and from the photo of the XSSM transport-launch containers installed on the Asuka test ship, observers conclude that XSSM is a ship-based version of the XASM-3 airborne supersonic anti-ship missile, which has been under construction for a long time in Japan.

    The XASM-3 aviation missile has been created since 1992 under the leadership of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and was launched by flight tests (primarily for engine development) from the Mitsubishi F-2 fighter since 2005. The full-scale development of XASM-3 has been authorized since fiscal year 2010. Completion of its development was expected in the financial year 2016, however, it is reported that the final qualifying tests are now planned only for the program of the fiscal year 2017.

    The XASM-3 rocket has a starting mass of about 900 kg, a length of 5.52 m and is equipped with a solid-fuel direct-flow air-jet engine in combination with a solid-fuel accelerator. Marching speed of the rocket allegedly reaches 3M and even more. The maximum range of fire when starting from a high altitude - as if to 150-200 km (all data are assumed). The missile is equipped with a combined active-passive radar homing head, as well as a block of inertial-satellite navigation.




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