A spokesman for Japans Ministry of Defense said on March 13 that Japan plans to build a new batch of patrol ships for the Maritime Self-Defense Force starting in 2022.
The spokesman said that the exact number of patrol ships to be built had not been decided, but the guidance approved by the Japanese Cabinet in December 2018 said that the goal was to build 12 new patrol ships.
_Japan Marine Protection Patrol Vessel
He said the construction of the first ship would begin in fiscal year 2022 and be put into active service in two years.
The spokesman also said that the new patrol ship could carry out reconnaissance and surveillance missions, allowing the destroyer to do other work.
According to the Hong Kong Asian Times Online on March 13, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force will launch a new batch of patrol boats, which will be mainly deployed in the waters around Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands.
Japans Yomiuri Shimbun reported that Tokyo planned to put 12 new patrol ships into active service within 10 years, with about 1,300 tons of drainage and 30 crew members.
If confirmed, these new patrol ships will be much larger than the six 240-ton Falcon-class missile patrol boats currently serving in the Sea of Japan.
_Falcon-class missile boat from the Sea of Japan
Reported that the Falcon class patrol boats main weapons include anti-ship missiles and a 76mm naval gun on the deck. Data link systems on these ships also support data sharing with other SDF vessels and aircraft, and can transmit data to larger SDF Maritime Operations Force (MAF) systems.
It is believed that the new patrol ship will be equipped with more advanced reconnaissance systems to monitor the activities of the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army in the East China Sea.
Source: Responsible Editor of Reference Message Network: Shi Jianlei_NBJ11331