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Japan works on new OPV design and pushes for exports

23rd July 2021 - 22:04 GMT | by Gordon Arthur, Koji Miyake in Christchurch & Tokyo

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The Japanese Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency released video footage of its planned next-generation OPV. (Photo: ATLA)

A new OPV design is one item for sale as Japan pushes hard to increase defence equipment exports. (ATLA)

On 1 July the Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) in the Japenese MoD released a publicity video showcasing domestic equipment available for export. Among the products available was a concept for a new OPV under design for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

The new OPV will be characterised by automation, adaptability, modularity and sustainability.

The video commentary stated: ‘Plans are now under way to develop next-generation offshore patrol vessels. They will achieve outstanding surveillance capabilities.’ Computer imagery showed a design with an integrated mast and stealthy silhouette.

Furthermore, the future OPV will have a smaller crew (expected to

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Gordon Arthur

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Gordon Arthur


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

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Koji Miyake

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Koji Miyake is a Tokyo-based writer.

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