Submarine Hakugei Launched
Oct. 14, 2021
Tokyo, October 14, 2021 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. today held a ceremony marking the launch of the submarine Hakugei at its Kobe Works' No.1 Building Berth at 12:50 PM, which is built for the Japan Ministry of Defense (MOD). The ceremony was attended by a delegation of top MOD officials.
The submarine is the second Taigei class submarine, and the 30th built at Kawasaki Kobe shipyard after World War II.
It provides high water pressure resistance performance by using high strength steel for its pressure hull, and superior submerged operations and propulsion performance by adopting an X-rudder. It also has lithium ion battery systems for increased underwater endurance, a variety of automated systems, improved surveillance capabilities using high-performance sonar, increased stealth capabilities, enhanced safety measures and woman only facilities.
The submarine’s construction timetable and specifications are as follows:
|Construction begun||January 25, 2019|
|Launched||October 14, 2021|
|Estimated completion||March, 2023|
|Engines||Kawasaki 12V 25/25 SB-type diesel engines (2)
Electric propulsion motor (1)
|Armament||Underwater launch tubes|