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New Submarine Joins Japanese Navy from White Whale Submarines

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Naval News announced that the Japanese Navy has recently received a new modified Taigei-class submarine.

“During an official ceremony held at the Kawasaki Heavy Industries shipyard, the Japanese Navy was handed over a new Taigei-class diesel-electric submarine, or White Whale submarine,” the website said in a statement.

The publication added: “The new submarine is the second new generation Taigei submarine being developed for the Japanese military. Work on its development began in 2019, and the first time it was launched in 2021 and passed a series of tests before being transferred to the army.”

The new Taigei submarines are similar in appearance to the Japanese Soryu submarines, but very different in equipment, in addition to receiving advanced lithium-ion batteries, sonar devices and modern guidance equipment, new sound-absorbing materials were used in the manufacture of their hulls to make them difficult to detect by enemy forces .

Each Taigei submarine is 84 meters long, 9.1 meters wide and has a displacement of 3,000 tons. These submarines are armed with 533 mm torpedoes, Harpoon anti-ship missiles and naval targets.

Source: Weapons of Russia

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