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New Soryu-class submarine delivered to MSDF

  • March 19, 2019
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei reported that Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries delivered a Soryu-class submarine to the MSDF on Monday, saying that the-state-of-the-art vessel features a number of advanced systems, including an air-independent propulsion (AIP) mechanism that enables it to remain fully submerged for longer periods of time. While noting that the submarine demonstrates Japan’s strong shipbuilding capabilities, the daily said it remains uncertain whether local defense constructors will be able to maintain their technological edge because domestic demand for submarines and other advanced defense equipment is expected to slow and the Japanese government’s weapons export initiative is facing difficulties. The paper added that as Komatsu has recently given up on a plan to develop a new type of armored vehicle for the GSDF, concern is growing about the viability of Japan’s defense industry in the future.   

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