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Japan, US to jointly develop unmanned submarine
Publication Date : 08-08-2014
Partnership is aimed at developing high-powered fuel cell for the submarine
Japan, U.S. to jointly develop unmanned submarine
Japan's Defence Ministry and the United States Navy are planning to start a joint research to develop unmanned submarine for warning and surveillance activities for 30 days, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.
The two countries are aiming at developing high-powered fuel cell for the submarine. The main objective is to gather information about the Chinese Navy which is accelerating the modernisation of its submarines.
The defence ministry is planning to spend about 2.6 billion yen (US$25 million) for the project from fiscal 2014 through fiscal 2018.
The 10-metre-long submarine will be designed to navigate under water for about 30 days.