Easy Model EM37301 Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Oyashio Class Submarine (1:700 Scale)
"Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!"
- Admiral Farragut sailing aboard his flagsphip Hartford while entering Mobile Bay, Alabama, August 23, 1864
The Oyashio is a class of Japanese diesel-electric submarine operated by the JMSDF. The submarines entered service in the late 1990s. The submarines are larger than the earlier Harushio class submarines, to make room for a flank sonar array.
The Oyashio class represents a departure from previous submarines of the Maritime Self Defense Force, which have used a tear drop hull form. This latest and most powerful submarine changed to a "leaf coil" hull form. It incorporates not only a different hull form, but unlike the conventional type of structure which was a double hull system, the Oyashio has a single hull / double hull compound design.
The design of the Oyashio started by seriously considering the arrangement of the sensor first, after which the entire layout was decided. Previously the sonar was mounted in only the bow, but this new model which designates entire hull as the sensor, equipped with a conformal sonar arranged on the hull side to provide improved detection efficiency. In addition the combat intelligence processing system of new model also improves attack ability. The position of the torpedo tube differs from conventional type, with the bow torpedo tube placement decided after the arrangement of the sensor. The acoustic stealth efficiency of the hull is improved by installing sound-absorbing rubber tiles on the hull. The incorporation of advanced new technology has led to a reduction in the crew size, which is much smaller compared with similar types of submarines in other countries.
Initially, at least ten units of this class were planned. According to some reports, by the late 1990s no more than five were planned, but by 2002 five were in service, with at least three more under construction.
Pictured here is a 1:700 scale replica of a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Oyashio Class Submarine. Now in stock!
Length: 3 inches