1. Grey Havoc

    JMSDF next-generation Offshore Patrol Vessel

    This 2019 brainstorm from the Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics Agency seems to be still moving ahead, and is a bit odd even for that ill-starred front for the Finance Ministry (ostensible status as a MOD agency notwithstanding!). Apparently the idea was/is to enable the MSDF to be able to...
  2. Hood

    What If, Japanese Post-War Military Exports

    I don't usually post what-if scenarios but we've had a few what-ifs for smaller nations like Italy etc. So I was thinking the other day, what if Japan had been able to constitutionally export weapons in the post-war period? General Hackett in his The Third World War has Japan by the 1970s...
  3. Grey Havoc

    Ocean Artemis collision

  4. Grey Havoc

    IJN Type 93 Long Lance torpedo

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb5F5s2F3mA
  5. beatlesbeetles

    Type 96 APC air defense system

    It is supposedly a short range air defense missile system built on the Type 96 APC chassis. I tried Googling, but I couldn't find anything on it. The only thing I found was the source I found it from. Any help would be appreciated, thanks. Here is the source I got it from...
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    Japanese Jet Engines of WWII

    Ah okay, that makes more sense. It seems the original description was incorrect. Justo, do you know where I can find more information regarding Japanese centrifugal-type jet engines? I’m curious how they compare to the axial series. and thanks for the amazing images and information, as always
  7. Grey Havoc

    Nihon Hikoki X1G3

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    Survivability Standards and Korea and Japan

    The Koreans and Japanese (not to mention the Chinese) are able to churn out warships by the dozen more cheaply than what the US yards can. The 30DX and Daegu frigates, especially come to mind compared to the FFG(X). Most people attribute to this to Koreans and Japanese building to commercial...
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    Japanese Space Projects

  10. VictorXL188

    Japan NAL experimental VTOL aircraft.

    Evening folks. I hope that someone on here may help me. I was trawling through a copy of Air Enthusiast from June 1973, as you do, and I came across a brief story about the Japanese NAL. Apparently they had formalised a basic specification for an experimental VTOL aircraft, of which two examples...
  11. Triton

    JS Kaga (DDH-184)

    "Japan Launches Latest Helicopter Carrier" By: Sam LaGrone August 27, 2015 12:11 PM • Updated: August 27, 2015 1:32 PM Source: http://news.usni.org/2015/08/27/japan-launches-second-helicopter-carrier
  12. Triton

    Japan, Britain To Launch Joint Missile Research

    "Japan, Britain To Launch Joint Missile Research" Jul. 17, 2014 - 03:30PM | By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESS Source: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140717/DEFREG03/307170036/Japan-Britain-Launch-Joint-Missile-Research
  13. Grey Havoc

    Kaiten (Oga base memorial park)

    I thought we already had a thread on these, but I must have been wrong. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201404060014 IMAGE CREDIT: THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
  14. Grey Havoc

    Japanese Littoral Combat Ship (27LCS class?)

    This is supposedly a joint Japan/US project using the Independence class as a starting point, although it seems to me to have inherited some features from at least one MSDF related project of the late '80s/early 90s. First of class to enter service in 2018, which would suggest that it's to be...
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    Mignet HM-330 "Sakura" (Tachikawa R-HM)

    After Japan's defeat in World War II, the manufacture of local aircraft was banned. It was only after the publication of a "Memorandum about domestic air carrier operation" issued in 1950 that development of a local civil aviation could be restarted. Then in 1952, an aviation act was...
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    Nihon University/Okamura N-52 light plane

    The N-52 was the first private aircraft built in Japan after the war. It was a low-wing, side-by-side seating cantilever monoplane sport aircraft of mixed construction built by the Okamura Mfg. Co. It started as a design experiment under the supervision of Hidemasa Kimura, a professor at Nihon...
  17. Grey Havoc

    Japanese 2050 Space Elevator project (Obayashi Corporation)

    One of the first news stories on it from February 2012: Construction firm aims at space elevator in 2050 ________________________________________________________________ The Yomiuri Shimbun It may be possible to travel to space in an elevator as early as 2050, a major construction company has...
  18. Triton

    Debt-riddled Japan relaxes decades-old arms exports ban

    Debt-riddled Japan relaxes decades-old arms exports ban Source: http://news.yahoo.com/debt-riddled-japan-relaxes-decades-old-arms-exports-090832091.html TOKYO (Reuters) - Debt-riddled Japan Tuesday relaxed its self-imposed decades-old ban on military equipment exports in a move that will open...
  19. Triton

    Izumo Conversion to a Full Scale Carrier

    Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) 22DDH helicopter destroyer. Source: http://snafu-solomon.blogspot.com/2010/06/22ddh-japans-next-helicopter-carrier.html http://www.strategypage.com/militaryforums/6-62389.aspx http://oursogo.com/thread-1155047-1-1.html
  20. Grey Havoc

    Hitachi SWAN and RESQ series robots

    Thought this might be topical in light of current events. Both of these series were developed in the early 2000's by Hitachi for use in nuclear accidents. However they appear to have fallen victim to to political shenanigans shortly thereafter. The [final?] SWAN prototype ended up (ironically)...