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  • Japan Considers Converting Ships to Aircraft Carriers

    12/28/2017 5:15:06 PM PST · by iowamark · 60 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 12/2/6/17 | Kyle Mizokami
    Japan, once a world leader in aircraft carriers, is preparing to wade back into the world of fixed wing aviation. The Pacific country, which swore off flat-tops in the aftermath of World War II, is preparing to reverse decades of government policy and add fighter planes to so-called “helicopter destroyers" to counter Chinese air power. At the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Japan was an aircraft carrier superpower. Japan had more carriers than any other country, including the United States, and its pilots were trained to a high standard by years of war. A little...
  • Japan MHI launched the Second 25DD/Asahi-class ASW Destroyer "Shiranui" for JMSDF

    10/12/2017 10:41:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 12 October 2017
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Nagasaki shipyard held the launch ceremony for the second (and last) 25DD/Asahi-class ASW Destroyer. The vessel, named "Shiranui" (hull number DD-120) will join first ship of the class "Asahi" in Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) service. Asahi started sea trials in July 2017. The Asahi-class is an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) class of destroyers based on the existing Akizuki-class (19DD) of destroyers which is more focused on AAW. The vessel displaces over 5,000 tons for a length of 151 meters, a width of 18.3 meters and a draft of 5.4 meters. Shiranui Destroyer DD25 Asahi class...
  • JMSDF Resurecting XRIM-4 Naval Surface-Launched Variant of AAM-4 (Japan)

    09/05/2016 5:08:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 05 September 2016
    The Japanese Ministry of Defense allocated funds to develop a surface launched variant of the Mitsubishi AAM-4 (Type 99 air-to-air missile) effectively resurecting the canceled XRIM-4 project. Image: Japan MoD The Mitsubishi AAM-4 is a medium-range active radar homing air-to-air missile operational since 1999. The new funding is for the development of a boosted, surface launched variant for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). The missile could have two variant: A long range one (with booster) to replace SM-2 and a short range one (no booster) to replace ESSM. Story via JSF
  • Japan’s crack submarine fleet

    11/27/2015 5:03:11 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    SENTAKU MAGAZINE ^ | NOV 26, 2015
    China has lately been resorting to defiant and audacious acts like claiming its territorial rights over waters around artificial island it has built in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea and unilaterally designating an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea. While these acts are visible to all, the real front battle line lies deep in the sea where submarines are principal players. This article attempts to provide in-depth descriptions of the real picture of submarines of the Maritime Self-Defense Force and their roles, as little has so far been made known about them. During the...
  • 'Shotgun' for Roosevelt - Malabar war games

    10/17/2015 7:50:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Telegraph, India ^ | Oct 18, 2015 | Sujan Dutta
    On board the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Bay of Bengal, Oct. 17: An Indian warship played "shotgun" for this US super-carrier during an air defence drill last night, about 150 nautical miles east-southeast of Chennai during the latest edition of the Malabar war games, which also include a Japanese destroyer. "The 'shotgun' role will be shared by the Indians and the Japanese in this exercise," said Captain Craig Clapperton, commanding officer of the carrier. On Sunday, an Indian fleet tanker is expected to pull alongside and feed the carrier in a hostile scenario described as "opposed replenishment at sea"....
  • Japan Defense Ministry Unveiled Details of "27DD" Class Railgun & Laser armed AEGIS Destroyer

    07/23/2015 4:36:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 22 July 2015
    According to the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) request for proposal (RfP) to bidding contractors, the 27DD destroyers will incorporate a number of design changes compared to the first batch of Atago class guided missile destroyers. 27DD AEGIS Guided Missile Destroyer technical specifications and layout First, the hull of 27DD has been enlarged to an empty displacement of 8,200 tons compared to the original Atago's 7,700 tons. It is believed in the Japanese defense community that the enlargement of the hull was conceived in order to provide a necessary growth space for advanced naval weapon systems that are currently under...
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Unveiled 30FF or DEX Next Generation Vessel Concept for the JMSDF

    06/12/2015 7:06:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 12 June 2015
    In its latest "Defense and space domain briefing" Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) unveiled a new surface combatant concept. Not much information is available but this new concept may be MHI's vision for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) next generation 3000 tons class Frigate known as "30FF" or FFX. MHI surface combatant vessel concept revealed in its latest "Defense and space domain briefing" could be the JMSDF future 3000 tons class frigate known as "30FF". Source: MHI The MHI briefing document explains that this concept vessel is being designed to answer the new needs from the JMSDF for "compact"...
  • Japan Commissions Largest Warship Since World War II

    03/26/2015 6:28:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    USNI News ^ | March 25, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    A 24,000-ton helicopter carrier has formally entered the fleet of Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) on Wednesday making the ship the largest warship Japan has fielded since the close of World War II. The commissioning ceremony JS Izumo (DDH-183) — the first of two for the JMSDF — was held in Yokohama and attended by Defense Minister Gen Nakatani. Billed by the Japanese as a platform to assist in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HADR) operations, the ship has flared regional tensions in neighbors— China especially — who view the ship as a power projection...
  • Japanese navy gets biggest flat-top since WWII-era aircraft carriers

    03/24/2015 10:27:33 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 26 replies
    YOKOHAMA (Reuters) - Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force on Wednesday took delivery of the biggest Japanese warship since World War Two, the Izumo, a helicopter carrier as big as the Imperial Navy aircraft carriers that battled the United States in the Pacific. The Izumo with a crew of 470 sailors is a highly visible example of how Japan is expanding the capability of its military to operate overseas and enters service as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks lawmaker approval to loosen the restraints of Japan's pacifist post-war constitution. The 248 meter (813 feet) long Izumo resembles U.S. Marine Corp amphibious...
  • Japan offers Britain submarine-hunting planes

    01/09/2015 7:28:44 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Telegraph, UK ^ | 07 Jan 2015 | Ben Farmer
    Japan is trying to sell Britain submarine-hunting patrol jets to replace the RAF’s axed Nimrod planes, as the country pushes arms exports for the first time in decades. Officials proposed a sale of P-1 maritime patrol aircraft last year during a visit to the UK, in a deal that could top Ł600 million. Britain scrapped its own Nimrod patrol planes after the 2010 cost-cutting defence review and has since had to rely on allies including France, Canada and America to fill the gap. The Ministry of Defence admitted last month that it had called on allies to send four planes...
  • China: PLA drills sandwich Japan from north and south

    12/28/2014 5:27:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-12-28
    PLA drills sandwich Japan from north and south Staff Reporter 2014-12-28 13:10 (GMT+8) The People's Liberation Army appears to be strategizing on how it would sandwich Japan from the north and south in the event of a military conflict, says a Taiwanese military expert. Ching Chang, a research fellow at Taiwan's Society for Strategic Studies, made the comments in response to a series of naval drills conducted by the PLA's three main fleets — the North Sea Fleet, the East Sea Fleet and the South Sea Fleet — earlier this month. On Dec. 4, the North Sea Fleet's flagship Harbin...
  • Japan’s Largest Warship Since World War II Takes To Sea

    09/29/2014 1:10:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 62 replies
    USNI News ^ | September 29, 2014 | Sam LaGrone
    Japan’s largest warship since World War II has left for its first set of sea trials last week ahead of entering the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF)fleet next year. JS Izumo (DDH-183) departed Tokyo Bay on Sept. 23, as seen as in a video on YouTube, for the first round of what will be about six months of sea trials ahead of the ship’s commissioning next year, a JMSDF official told Jane’s Defence Weekly on Monday. The 24,000-ton helicopter carrier is the first of two planned ships. Izumo will enter the JMSDF force next year. DDH-184 will enter the...
  • China's navy no longer so inferior to Japan's, experts say

    07/29/2014 3:54:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Sunday, 27 July, 2014
    China's loss of the first Sino-Japanese war has been attributed to a disorganised navy. Although the northern fleet equalled, some say exceeded, the Meiji navy in terms of firepower, it was annihilated because it lacked coordination among its military units. Today while Japan's navy may have a qualitative advantage over China's, the People's Liberation Army is catching up, analysts say. In sheer manpower, China has the upper hand, with Beijing putting the PLA Navy's strength at 235,000, or more than five times the number in the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force. But the Japanese navy has being training with modern warfare...
  • For MSDF's newest 'ninja' submarines, it's all about stealth (Japan)

    03/31/2014 9:02:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    The Asahi Shimbun, Japan ^ | April 01, 2014 | FUMIAKI SONOYAMA
    Known as the “ninja of the seas,” Japan’s Hakuryu submarine carries enough firepower to knock out an aircraft carrier with a single blow. But the Type 89 torpedo is not the vessel’s most effective feature in strengthening Japan’s warning and surveillance operations in its waters. “A submarine’s greatest weapon is stealth,” Maritime Self-Defense Force Capt. Kaoru Yoshida said. “Our mere presence that makes (the enemy think) ‘there might be a powerful submarine out there’ is a deterrent.” In the National Defense Program Guidelines formulated at the end of last year, Japan decided to increase its submarine fleet from the current...
  • Japan launches newest submarine Kokuryu amid party atmosphere

    11/04/2013 12:47:23 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Japan Daily Press ^ | Nov 04, 2013 | John Hofilena
    It’s not the usual kind of fanfare you would associate with the launching of a nation’s cutting edge new submarine, but this is Japan – and they do things a little bit differently here. Amid balloons, party banners, the odd “rising sun” war flag here and there, and confetti (lots of confetti, there has to be confetti), the Japan Marine Self Defense Force (MSDF) launched its newest state-of-the-art toy – the submarine Kokuryu, which literally means “Black Dragon”. The submarine Kukoryu was made by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and is said to be made with leading edge technology, costing Japanese taxpayers...
  • Japan unveils largest warship since World War II

    08/06/2013 10:03:50 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 55 replies
    ABC ^ | August 6, 2013 | ERIC TALMADGE
    Japan on Tuesday unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge flat-top destroyer that has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier. The ship, which has a flight deck that is nearly 250 meters (820 feet) long, is designed to carry up to 14 helicopters. Japanese officials say it will be used in national defense — particularly in anti-submarine warfare and border-area surveillance missions — and to bolster the nation’s ability to transport personnel and supplies in response to large-scale natural disasters, like the devastating earthquake and tsunami...
  • Japan Looks to Add Offensive Firepower

    06/12/2013 10:39:34 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 15 replies
    Time ^ | June 03, 2013 | Kirk Spitzer
    North Korea seems to have put its missiles away for now, but Japan’s conservative government wants the option to blast them away the next time they’re pointed in Tokyo’s direction. It’s a satisfying idea, but maybe not a good one. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is compiling a new set of defense guidelines that would allow Japan’s armed forces, for the first time, to develop offensive capability, and to strike first if an attack appears imminent. Under Japan’s strictly pacifist constitution, the Self Defense Force is restricted to weaponry and tactics that are deemed defensive in nature. That means no...
  • Japan’s Navy: Sailing Towards the Future

    01/25/2013 1:13:26 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 21, 2013 | James Hardy
    Japan’s Navy: Sailing Towards the Future While China's growing naval power grabs headlines, Japan's evolving navy might just be the real story. While Japan's dispute with China over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands has been notable for a number of reasons — mostly negative — one of the few positive elements has been the refusal of either side to send in the military. That may have changed with the recent deployment of Chengdu J-10 and Mitsubishi/Boeing F-15 fighter aircraft after a Chinese Y-8 maritime patrol aircraft headed toward the islands, but so far, at least, the confrontations have been limited to coast...
  • PAC-3 deployment completed to intercept N. Korean rocket

    04/05/2012 8:09:15 PM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    The Mainichi ^ | 3/5/2012 | The Mainichi
    Japan completed on Thursday the deployment of its ground-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors in Okinawa Prefecture to prepare for North Korea's planned rocket launch sometime next week. With the arrival of the Maritime Self-Defense Force transport ship Kunisaki carrying the PAC-3 at Ishigaki Island, the interceptors are now deployed to four locations in Okinawa that also includes its capital Naha, Miyako and Nanjo. Japan is bracing itself for the rocket launch after North Korea announced last month that it will launch an ''earth observation satellite'' to mark the centennial of its state founder Kim Il Sung's birthday on April 15....
  • Japan to Build New Helicopter Carrier

    09/15/2011 6:21:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Japan to Build New Helicopter Carrier Japan plans to build a 19,500-ton aircraft carrier capable of housing helicopters after China launched its first own aircraft carrier, Chinese media reported on Wednesday. Japan already has two helicopter carriers -- the Hyuga deployed in March 2009 and the Ise deployed in March 2011 -- but the planned new vessel will be bigger. The 22DDH is scheduled for deployment in 2015. It will be 248 m long and cost around US$1.04 billion. It is 30 percent bigger than the Ise and can carry 14 helicopters. The Ise measures 197 m, has a displacement...