Description: The Japan Marine Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Murasame-class frigates (destroyers in the JMSDF parlance) have been designed to perform anti-submarine (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) missions with limited defense against airborne threats. These ships are an enlarged version of Asagiri class frigates commissioned by JMSDF between 1988 and 1991. In addition to an enlarged hull, the ship design incorporates stealth characteristics for improved survivability. The JMSDF commissioned nine Murasame-class multi-role frigates between 1996 and 2002.
The Murasame-class frigates propulsion system consists of two SM1C cruise gas turbines and two LM2500 boost gas turbines developing 60,000-shp. The 4,500t class ship top speed is 30 knots. The weapon systems comprises: a 76mm gun, a 16-cell vertical launching system (VLS) for vertical launch ASROC (VLA) anti-submarine rocket, a 16-cell vertical launch system with 16 Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missiles, eight Harpoon anti-ship missiles, two triple 12.75-inch torpedo tubes, and two 20mm Phalanx guns for close-in air defense. Besides, the ship has a flight deck and hangar allowing for operation of a single SH-60J patrol helicopter.
Number of Weapons: 40
Torpedo Tubes: 6 Dimensions Beam: 17.4 meter
Draft: 5.20 meter
Length: 151 meter
Main Gun Caliber: 76 millimeter Power Total Combined Power: 60,000 shp (45 MW) Speed Top Speed: 30 knot (15.4 mps) Weight Full Displacement: 4,550 ton
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