The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) guided missile destroyer Maya recently completed its second round of sea trials.
Further trials and outfitting are to be carried out by local shipbuilder Japan Marine United (JMU) in time for the destroyer’s commissioning, which is tentatively scheduled for March 2020.
The lead ship of an improved subclass of the JMSDF’s Atago-class destroyers, Maya will be the seventh Japanese naval vessel to be equipped with Lockheed Martin’s Aegis combat system. Armament will include Standard surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) and anti-ballistic missiles (ABMs), Type 07 anti-submarine missiles, torpedoes, a 127-millimetre naval gun, and two 20-millimetre Phalanx close-in weapon systems (CIWS).
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