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Japan MoD selects Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to build new FFM frigates.

| 2023

According to information published by Traffic News on August 29, 2023, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has been chosen as the principal contractor for the procurement of the new FFM (Frigate) with Japan Marine United chosen as the subcontractor.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Artist rendering of the new FFM frigate. (Picture source: Japanese MoD)

The term "FFM" represents a distinct vessel category within the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), blending attributes from 'Mine' and 'Multipurpose' with the traditional 'Frigate'.

A unique feature of this vessel is its mine-clearing capability, which sets it apart from conventional mine-sweeping ships. Furthermore, these next-gen FFMs emphasize compact design, cost-efficiency, and reduced crew requirements.

The new FFM’s standard displacement will be approximately 4,880 tons, seeing an increase from the Mogami-class’s 3,900 tons. It will extend its length to around 142m, and its breadth will be widened to about 17m.

Equipped with features like the VLS (Vertical Launch System) and a multifunction sonar, it is expected to house a 62-caliber 5-inch gun, RWS units, a Sea RAM, torpedoes, anti-ship missile launchers, and will have the capacity to carry either a patrol helicopter or a flying-type sensor.

Moreover, its engine configuration consists of one gas turbine engine, two diesel engines using the CODAG system, and dual-axis screw propellers. The ship is expected to reach a top speed of over 30 knots, making it one of the most formidable assets in the JMSDF's fleet.

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