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Tango0113 Jun 2017 1:12 p.m. PST

"At MAST Asia 2017 (Maritime Air Systems & Technologies), the naval defense exhibition currently held in Tokyo, Japan's Acquisition Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA) unveiled its HMSVO trimaran vessel concept. ATLA is a branch of Japan's MoD created in 2015 to "ensure technological superiority and respond to operational needs smoothly and quickly".

The HMSVO (standing for High Speed Multi-hull Vessel Optimisation) project is being conducted to improve design and performance evaluation capabilities for multi hull ships. The US Navy's NAVSEA Carderock division and Japan's MoD ATLA are cooperating on the project. Navy Recognition was told that the US design differs from the Japanese design however.

The project started in 2014, is set to end in 2018 and today ATLA naval architects and engineers are still testing the concept both via CFD and through the use of a scale model. Ultimately, the JMSDF may decide to give the concept a go ahead and move to detailed design… or not…"


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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2017 1:44 p.m. PST

Is this another one of those littoral waters craft, that will have to stick to coastal waters only, like the ones we're selling the Saudis?


Ghostrunner13 Jun 2017 2:05 p.m. PST

Best of luck to them.

By many accounts, our LCS has not been a success.

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2017 7:58 p.m. PST

The concept of an LCS is fine, it's the build quality of ours that is suspect, not to mention the lack of firepower of our designs.

Tango0115 Jun 2017 11:04 a.m. PST



Lion in the Stars15 Jun 2017 7:00 p.m. PST

A trimaran hull lets you burn about half as much fuel for the same speed.

Design is good. Problem was always the lack of modules for all the systems that the LCS were supposed to have!

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