Maritime self-defense force of Japan has taken in your part of the missile defense destroyer “May”, the lead ship of the project 27DDG. As reported by Kyodo News, the ceremony of taking the vehicle into service was held in a closed mode due to the measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes it was admitted only about 100 people, representatives of the Navy and Department of defense.
Head destroyer “May” in length 169,9 meters and a width of 22.2 meters has a displacement of 8.2 thousand tons. The ship is capable of speeds up to 30 knots. The ship, which is a development of a series of destroyers “ATAGO”, equipped with the upgraded combat information and control system with Aegis interceptor missiles SM-3 Block IIA.
The composition of the Maritime self-defense forces the new destroyer, launched in 2018, will join the cast of destroyers, missile defense of the “ATAGO” (two ships) and “Congo” (four ships). In 2021 the composition of the Maritime self-defense force of Japan is scheduled to include the second destroyer of the project 27DDG — “Haguro”.
Currently, Japan is actively engaged in the development of the military-industrial complex and the self-defense Forces. Among the reasons for the militarization of the pacifist country’s authorities called active China’s military development, the worsening territorial disputes with South Korea, the development of’s military infrastructure in the disputed Kuril Islands and the implementation of the DPRK’s missile and nuclear programs.
The construction of new ships for the Maritime self-defense force of Japan is part of the program for strengthening the self-defense Forces. In terms of the development of the fleet, the program assumes the construction of two destroyers of the type “May”, and increase the number of submarines to 22 units from the current 17.
In early March, 2020 Maritime self-defense force of Japan has adopted in its composition of diesel-electric submarine “Yelling” of the “Soryu”. The world’s first military submarine with Li-ion rather than the traditional lead-acid batteries.