2014年04月09日

Mitsubishi developing amphibious assault vehicle prototype

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Mitsubishi developing amphibious assault vehicle prototype

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
07 April 2014

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has built a prototype for an amphibious vehicle, a spokesman told IHS Jane's on 8 April.

MHI - Japan's largest defence company - has conducted research and development into amphibious vehicles for some time, he said.

"It's true that we have built a prototype of an amphibious vehicle but it is at an early testing stage and is not complete," said the spokesman. "We are still in the process of trial and error through internal development; it's not a production order for the Ministry of Defense [MoD]."

The spokesman would not release details such as the vehicle's size and potential armament, but a source who has seen an image of the prototype told IHS Jane's that it was tracked and featured waterjets to aid propulsion at sea.

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Recovery of damaged Japanese, US P-3s to take until 2015

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Recovery of damaged Japanese, US P-3s to take until 2015


Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

07 April 2014

It may take more than one year to remove six Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and four US Navy (USN) P-3C aircraft that were damaged in Japan on 15 February when a hangar roof collapsed after heavy snowfalls, according to a senior official at Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI).

The official confirmed to IHS Jane's on 8 April that workers cannot remove the aircraft from the collapsed hangar due to the risk of further collapse. He also said the aircraft were severely damaged. The hangar's pillars had dented the sides of some aircraft fuselages and some wings had become detached.

"Since the aircraft were confined in a relatively small area, they all were damaged at the same time," the official said.

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Japan, Australia agree to joint research on submarines, hydrodynamics

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Japan, Australia agree to joint research on submarines, hydrodynamics

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

06 April 2014

The prime ministers of Japan and Australia agreed on 7 April to start talks on creating a framework for co-operation on defence equipment and technology.

Shinzo Abe and Tony Abbott agreed in talks in Tokyo that the two countries' first bilateral defence technology project will involve joint research into marine hydrodynamics, a joint statement said.

An official at the Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) told IHS Jane's said this would include the analysis of propulsion and water resistance around submarine hulls.

Abe and Abbott also confirmed that the two countries would hold '2+2' foreign and defence ministerial talks in Tokyo in June and work together to upgrade the interoperability of their respective defence organisations and to expand practical military co-operation, including joint drills.

The MoD and the Australian Department of Defence plan to exchange memorandums to start the joint research soon. The researchers, from Japan's Technical Research and Development Institute and Australia's Defence Science and Technology Organisation, will also examine improving propulsion efficiency through ship geometry and innovations in reducing propeller volume.

Both governments also reaffirmed their commitment to the trilateral alliance framework of Japan, Australia, and the United States in the light of increasing Chinese military activities in the East China and South China seas.

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The announcement on bilateral defence technology co-operation comes hot on the heels of the 1 April Cabinet approval for Japan's new guidelines on defence equipment exports.

Australia has previously expressed interest in adopting Japanese propulsion technology used in the 4,200-tonne Soryu class in its Collins-class replacement fleet. However, Japanese MoD sources suggest that this submarine technology is seen as too sensitive, so a decision was made to start joint research on marine hydrodynamics instead.

"The decision to start discussions on submarines appears to reflect Australia's domestic concerns," the MoD official said.

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