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Japan proceeds with modified Mogami-class frigate for maritime self-defence force

31st August 2023 - 13:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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JS Kumano, the JMSDF’s first Mogami-class frigate to be commissioned, participated in LIMA 2023 in Langkawi in May. The design will now be improved by MHI. (Photo: Gordon Arthur)

Instead of producing 22 Mogami-class frigates, the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) will transition to an improved design around halfway through the programme.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) will transfer construction of Mogami-class frigates to a new and improved FFM variant after the twelfth vessel is completed.

In an important development, Japan’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) announced on 25 August the selection of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) as prime contractor for what is simply being called the ‘New FFM’.

At the same time, ATLA revealed that Japan Marine United (JMU) would act as a subcontractor to MHI.

This announcement followed a multistage evaluation process after ATLA signed negotiated contracts with MHI and JMU on 31 March 2023. Under those

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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