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Japan, US to develop 'fuel-cell submarine'

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  1. Aepsilons

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    Tokyo (AFP) —

    Japan and the United States will jointly develop a fuel-cell powered submarine that can run for a month under the sea on a single charge, a report said on Friday.

    The top-selling Yomiuri Shimbun reported that the unmanned, 10-metre (33-feet) long sub would be able to chart a pre-programmed course before returning to base.

    The story, citing unnamed Japanese defence ministry officials, comes as Tokyo and Washington look to beef up their security alliance as they warily eye an increasingly assertive China.

    Defence ministry officials could not immediately confirm the deal.

    The submarine would be used for patrolling with sonar capable of detecting potential threats, but it would not be equipped with torpedos or other weaponry, the Yomiuri said.

    Japan’s defence ministry would earmark about 2.6 billion yen ($25 million) over the next five years to develop the high-performance fuel cell, it added.

    The US military reportedly got involved when it heard about its Japanese counterparts’ plans for a fuel-cell sub.

    Fuel cells generate emissions-free energy through a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen, and are most commonly associated with environmentally friendly vehicles.

    Japan is a leader in the technology while the US a major player in hydrogen storage development.

    In June, Japan and Australia announced a possible submarine development deal as they stepped up their defence ties.


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    Okay, great progress.

    Now show us Torah or Bible verses about this submarine development maybe?
     
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    Interesting, this seems to be an underwater ISR vehicle. Situational awareness of the battlefield is key in any conflict.
     
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    Japan's submarine technology is one of the most advanced in the world, which gives us the benefit of being undetected by many of our competitors. JMSDF defense platforms have been doing research in fuel cells, which , if successful, will produce a noise-free machine. This will be perfect for 1) maritime observation and even 2) penetration into enemy maritime domain -- an asymmetric submarine warfare doctrine, if i may.
     
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    Great news,Looks like the US is scouting for trusted partners to Jointly Develop & Fund defense Products
     
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    I heard that Japan applied 12 submarines 12 nuclear missiles strategy ...
    Is that true that your sub would bring nuclear missiles ?
     
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    Konnichi wa Betonamujin1902,

    Very interesting username, btw..

    To answer your question, hypothetically speaking, yes...:victory1: