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Japan considers specialist submersibles and LRADs

11th October 2022 - 00:03 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo


The Seal Carrier from JFD in the UK could be of interest, and utility, to Japanese amphibious troops. (Photo: JFD)

Recent exhibitions in Japan saw companies offering specialist equipment such as tactical submersibles and long-range acoustic devices to the Japanese military.

Seaprex used the occasion of the Special Equipment Exhibition & Conference for Anti-Terrorism (SEECAT), held in Tokyo from 5-7 October, to exhibit JFD’s Carrier Seal tactical diving vehicle.

The Carrier Seal sails on the surface at 30kt and submerges at 4kt upon approaching its target. It can switch between surface, semi-submarine and submarine modes depending on the situation.

Powered by a 350hp diesel engine and lithium batteries, the Carrier Seal transports a commander, driver, six personnel and a maximum 1t payload.

The vessel has a steering information navigation and control system that integrates GPS, gyro compass, depth sounder, obstacle avoidance

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Koji Miyake


Koji Miyake

Koji Miyake is a Tokyo-based writer.

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