Sea Platforms

JMSDF seeks improved unmanned maritime capabilities

05 February 2018

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) is developing a range of unmanned surface and underwater vehicles (USVs and UUVs) to offset shrinking manpower resources while addressing the growing maritime security challenges it sees itself facing in the region.

Speaking at the Maritime Defence Asia seminar at the Asia Defence Expo & Conference Series (ADECS) 2018 in Singapore, Captain Tsutomu Okawa, Director of the Systems Programs Division, Operations and Plans Department at the JMSDF’s Maritime Staff Office, said efforts are under way to field a new UUV and USV by 2020, with an initial aim of deploying these platforms for mine countermeasure (MCM) operations from the future 3,900 tonne “Type 30” destroyers (also known by the development name of 30DD) that are expected to attain initial operational capability (IOC) from the early 2020s.

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