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JMSDF seeks improved unmanned maritime capabilities

Kelvin Wong

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.

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Source: janes.com

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