Submarine RAIGEI Launched
Oct. 17, 2023
Tokyo, October 17, 2023 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. today held a ceremony marking the launch of the submarineRAIGEIat its No.1 Building Berth in Kobe Shipyard which is built for the Japan Ministry of Defense (MOD). The ceremony was attended by a delegation of top MOD officials.
The submarine is the fourth Taigei class submarine, and the 31stbuilt at Kawasaki Kobe shipyard after World War II.
It provides superior submerged operation and propulsion performance, and has high water pressure resistance by using high strength steel for its pressure hull. Additionally, it has new type of engines. It also has lithium-ion battery systems for increased underwater endurance, a variety of automated systems, improved surveillance capabilities using high-performance sonar, increased stealth capabilities, enhanced safety measures and several facilities for female crew members.
The submarine’s construction timetable and specifications are as follows:
|Construction begun||March 26, 2021|
|Launched||October 17, 2023|
|Estimated completion||March, 2025|
|Engines||Kawasaki 12V 25/31-type diesel engines (2)
Electric propulsion motor (1)
|Armament||Underwater launch tubes|