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    Post  max steel on Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:34 pm

    Japanese Navy gets biggest warship since World War II


    The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force has just received its biggest flat-top helicopter carrier since World War II, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attempts to loosen the restraints of Japan’s post-war pacifist constitution. The Izumo is 248 meters long and, with a crew of 470, it resembles the amphibious assault carriers of the US Marine Corp, Reuters reports. The vessel will be based at the Yokosuka Naval Base near Tokyo, also the home of the US Seventh Fleet carrier battle group. The Izumo is not fitted with steam catapults, which are needed to launch fixed-wing fighter aircraft, but the VTOL version of the F-35 and the Harrier jump jet could fly from the flight deck. As well as the Izumo, Japan is buying longer-range patrol aircraft, Boeing’s Osprey troop carrier and is building amphibious assault vehicles, all of which are unnerving China, which is also expanding its naval capability





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    Post  Book. on Sat Jul 18, 2015 5:55 am

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    Post  Book. on Thu Jul 23, 2015 9:28 am

    Japan's 'submarine killer' tantalizes West
    July 23, 2015 12:00 am JST HIROYUKI AKITA, Nikkei senior staff writer

    TOKYO -- Japan's state-of-the-art maritime patrol aircraft has been attracting increasing attention, not only from its key ally, the U.S., but also from Europe amid growing concerns about movements by Russian submarines.

    The P-1, built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries for Japan's Self-Defense Forces, is the country's first domestically made anti-submarine patrol plane.

    Its main mission is to conduct maritime warning and surveillance activities. The aircraft is dubbed a "submarine killer" because it is capable of detecting and attacking submarines that cannot be perceived with the naked eye.

    The Maritime Self-Defense Force has about 10 P-1 planes deployed at Atsugi Air Base in Kanagawa Prefecture. They have so far been operating on a trial basis. Full-scale operations are scheduled to begin during the current fiscal year.

    P-1s are priced at about 20 billion yen ($163 million) each. The Defense Ministry plans to procure five per year starting in 2018 and eventually deploy a total of some 70.

    On June 25 the MSDF showed a P-1 to the media for the first time, describing its improvements over the P-3, Japan's current mainstay maritime patrol plane.

    The P-1 has color radar screens, making it easier to detect and track the movements of suspicious vessels, and its sonobuoy, a device used to gather acoustic data and locate submarines, also offers higher performance.

    Moreover, the P-1 is a jet, while the P-3 is a propeller plane, giving the new plane a maximum speed about 30% faster than its predecessor. The P-1 also has a range of about 8,000km, compared with the P-3's approximately 6,600km.

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    Post  Book. on Fri Aug 28, 2015 1:30 am

    Japan launches second Izumo-class helicopter carrier
    James Hardy, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly 26 August 2015 [08.27.2015 16:25:28]


    More Here: http://www.janes.com/article/53858/japan-launches-second-izumo-class-helicopter-carrier

    Japan's second and final Izumo-class helicopter carrier was launched at the Japan Marine United shipyard in Yokohama on 27 August.

    Named Kaga (the first Japanese naval ship to take the name since the Second World War aircraft carrier that took part in the Pearl Harbor attacks and was lost at the Battle of Midway), the ship is due to be commissioned in March 2017.

    Kaga is almost identical to JS Izumo , which was launched in August 2013 and commissioned in March 2015. The only differences from specifications released for Izumo is a draught of 7.1 m rather than 7.3 m, and a complement of 520 rather than 470, according to details provided by Japan Marine United.

    Both displace 19,500 tonnes (24,000 tonnes at full load) and, like Izumo , Kaga is likely to be armed with two Raytheon Sea RAM RIM-116 systems and two Mk 15 Vulcan Phalanx close in weapon systems.
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    Post  George1 on Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:33 am

    Japan launched the eighth submarine of class "Soryu"
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    Post  Guest on Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:38 pm

    George1 wrote:Japan launched the eighth submarine of class "Soryu"

    Few shots of the ceremony:

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    Source: https://www.facebook.com/JMSDF.PAO.fp/posts/990165987711786
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    Post  max steel on Sun Nov 15, 2015 2:12 am

    US & Japan to develop fuel-cell powered sub
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    Post  flamming_python on Sun Nov 15, 2015 3:05 pm

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    George1 wrote:Japan launched the eighth submarine of class "Soryu"

    Few shots of the ceremony:

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    Source: https://www.facebook.com/JMSDF.PAO.fp/posts/990165987711786

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    Post  max steel on Thu Nov 19, 2015 9:34 pm

    Hyundai begins construction of mini-submarine for undisclosed customer

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    Key:
    a) Flexible Payoad Module (FPM)
    b) Integrated sail
    c) Intercept sonar
    d) Hatches for Payload Modules
    e) 533mm (21") torpedo tube (x2)
    f) Conformal sonar array
    g) 324mm (12.75") torpedo tubes (x4)


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    Length: 37 meters
    Beam: 4.5 meter
    Displacement: 510 tons surfaced
    Speed: Maximum 20 kt submerged, 7 kt cruising
    Operating depth: 250 meters
    Endurance : 21 days, 2,000 nautical miles
    Armament: 2 x 533mm (21") heavyweight torpedoes and 4 x 324mm (12.75") lightweight torpedoes.
    Crew: 10 plus 4 combat swimmers
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    Post  max steel on Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:26 pm

    Japan to test anti-ship missile, possibly to counter China’s aircraft carrier


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    Post  max steel on Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:07 am

    MHI Delivers "Jinryu" Japan's 7th Soryu-Class Submarine

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) delivered the "Jinryu" submarine to the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MOD) today in a ceremony held at the MHI Kobe Shipyard & Machinery Works' No.3 pier in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture. The Jinryu is the seventh Soryu-class submarine supplied to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), and the fourth built by MHI. MHI also built the first Soryu-class submarine, and has produced a total of 26 submarines at the MHI Kobe Shipyard over the last 70 years.

    The delivery ceremony was attended by a number of MOD officials including State Minister of Defense Kenji Wakamiya, JMSDF Chief of Staff Tomohisa Takei, and Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency Commissioner Hideaki Watanabe. MHI was represented by Hisakazu Mizutani, Executive Vice President of MHI and President & CEO of MHI Integrated Defense & Space Systems.

    Soryu-class submarines are the world's largest conventionally powered submarines. They have an excellent operational track record and are equipped with state-of-the art technologies, including air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems that enable them to remain fully submerged for long periods of time, and advanced stealth technologies that make them extremely difficult to detect.

    Major Specifications and Building Schedule of "Jinryu"
    -- Specifications
    - Length overall: 84.0 meters (m)
    - Breadth: 9.1 m
    - Depth: 10.3 m
    - Displacement: 2,950 tonnes (submerged displacement: 4,100 tonnes)
    - Main engine: Diesel-Stirling-electric, one shaft
    - Maximum output: 8,000 PS
    - Maximum speed: 20 knots
    - Complement: about 65
    - Armament and other equipment: Torpedo tubes, snorkel, submarine sonar system, etc.
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    Post  George1 on Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:33 pm

    Japan ordered 30 armored amphibious AAV7A1

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    Post  max steel on Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:16 am

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

    Japan Shops Futuristic Sub-Hunter Plane


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

    Japanese fleet received the second Kaga helicopter project 24DDH

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

    Japanese fleet tested supersonic anti-ship missile

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    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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    Post  walle83 on Wed May 30, 2018 1:40 am

    The Japanese government has aproved the refit of the helicopter carrier Izumo to include fixed wing. Accourding to sources the carrier will carry F-35B fighters.
    This will give Japan the first aircraft carrier since World war II.

    http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201805260034.html
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:28 pm

    Japanese submarine conducts first drills in South China Sea
    No surprise; later, they may also go to the Indian Ocean.
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    Post  George1 on Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:53 am

    In Japan, the world's first non-nuclear submarine with lithium-ion batteries was launched





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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:45 pm

    Beijing blasts Japan’s plan to make destroyers into carriers
    A full-fledged heavy aircraft carrier for vehicles with a catapult start and landing on an aerofinisher would require too much work and funding. A smaller ship, with shorter takeoff and vertical landing machines, with the support of long-range radar detection aircraft operating from Okinawa and the main Japanese islands, can be built much faster, and most importantly, multiplied in greater numbers.
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