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Japan leads way with Li-ion submarines

16th February 2017 - 06:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Singapore

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Japan's first submarine to be powered by lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries will be commissioned in March 2020, doing away with lead-acid batteries and a Stirling air-independent propulsion (AIP) system.

With the arrival of this eleventh Soryu-class submarine the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) will be the world's first ...

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