Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2022
Total Production: 8
Also Known As: 30DD and 30DX
Origin: Japan
Corporations: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding
Parent System: 30FFM
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2022
Total Production: 8
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Description: The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) 30FFM, formerly known as 30DD or 30DX, is a class of multipurpose frigates intended to conduct maritime surveillance in waters surrounding Japan. These frigates will be powered by a Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine allowing a top speed of 30 knots along with two diesel MAN engines in a Combined Diesel and Gas (CODAG) arrangement. The weapon system will include eight XSSM supersonic anti-ship missiles, one SeaRAM close-in weapon system and 32 ESSM surface-to-air missiles as well as a 127mm Mark 45 Mod 4 naval gun. The ships will be equipped with 8 or 16 vertical launching system (VLS) cells that may home anti-submarine rockets as well as a longer range surface-to-air missiles in addition to the ESSM missiles (four in each cell). The 30FFM class frigates will be provided with flight deck and hangar. The ship will also feature a dual-band advanced radar system FCS-3A and electro-optical sensors to operate in challenging environments such as littoral waters. Hull-mounted sonar and variable depth sonar (VDS) will be provided as well. Besides, these frigates will be provided with a domestic cooperative engagement capability similar to the US Navy CEC allowing to improved performance through sharing of target data. The 30FFM class frigate program carried out by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsui Bussan comprises eight 3,900-ton vessels with the lead ship construction to start in 2019 to be commissioned in 2022. The JMSDF may order between 22 and 28 such ships two per year to counter the Chinese Navy buildup in the South China Sea.

30FFM Specifications

Crew: 100
Number of Aircraft: 1
Number of Engines: 1
Number of Weapons: 40
Beam: 16 meter (52 foot)
Length: 130 meter (427 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 127 millimeter
Boost Power: 40 MW (53,619 shp)
Top Speed: 30 knot (15.4 mps)
Full Displacement: 3,900 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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30FFM News

There is 1 news
on 21 May 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018Rolls-Royce MT30 Gas Turbine to Power Japanese 30FFM Class Frigates

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 81
Cannons & Gear
Mk 45 mod 4x1
Defensive Weapons
Offensive Weapons
Propulsion Systems
Protection Systems
Sensor Systems
Support Aircraft

30FFM Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
FFM 235 -2022-
FFM 236 -2022-
FFM 237 -2023-
FFM 238 -2023-
FFM 239 -2024-
FFM 240 -2024-
FFM 241 -2025-
FFM 242 -2025-

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