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Japan outlines funding proposal for new OPVs, anti-submarine helicopters in 2023




by Ridzwan Rahmat

The Mitsubishi Heavy Industries XSH-60L prototype, seen right here in a check flight, took to the skies for the primary time on 12 May 2021 from Nagoya Airport. Japan has proposed an acquisition programme for six SH-60L airframes, which is predicated on the XSH-60L, for its 2023 defence funds. (MHI)

The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has requested funding for a new class of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and a new kind of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter in its 2023 defence funds proposal.

Besides these new platforms, the MoD has additionally included two extra Mogami-class multirole guided-missile frigates, a Taigei-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK), and a Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol plane (MPA) in its proposal.

The new OPV class will probably derive its design from the 95 m idea that was submitted by Japan Marine United (JMU) for the nation’s next-generation patrol vessel programme.

The helicopter-capable OPV will displace about 1,920 tonnes. It can be powered by engines organized in a mixed diesel-electric and diesel (CODLAD) configuration and it could possibly attain a most pace of greater than 20 kt. Its main weapon is a 30 mm naval gun in the ahead part.




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