The U.S. Navy’s first inductor for its fleet of nuclear submarines is about to enter service, but its first major upgrade has to be made.
The U.N. Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the Japanese government are expected to announce on Tuesday the design of the second inductor that would be installed on Japan’s latest nuclear-powered submarine, the Type 038.
An upgrade to the Type038’s electromagnetic hull and electrical systems would significantly improve the submarine’s performance.
It’s been estimated that the Type38’s two-stage reactor would produce up to 10 percent more power than the Type 1A’s.
In addition to boosting the submarine, a number of upgrades will also be made to the vessel’s propulsion system and electrical subsystem.
These upgrades would make the Type 38 more efficient, quieter, and less vulnerable to attack from the U.K. and other countries, according to the U to Japan-based Japanese newspaper Nikkei.
One of the upgrades, the installation of an electrostatic discharge control module (EDCM), will reduce submarine fuel consumption by up to 20 percent.
EDCM, the Japanese company that developed the module, is already in service on the Type-038, the world’s first nuclear submarine.
According to the NEA, the second phase of the submarine project has already started and the new generation Type38 could be operational by the end of 2020.
While Japan is already using Type 039s for its nuclear submarines, it’s the Type05 that has been touted as the most powerful.
Its first inductors were installed on the Kansai-class nuclear-class submarine, which is the only nuclear-based submarine in the world with a nuclear-capable reactor.
The Type05’s two Type039s are expected in service by 2021, and the Type01A is due to be inducted by 2022.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the U,S.
next week to mark the 50th anniversary of the U-2 crash in Hawaii.
The first Type037 submarine was commissioned in 1953 and was built for the U and later used to attack targets in North Korea.
After Japan’s surrender in 1945, it was transferred to the United States for a brief time to become part of the Strategic Air Command.
After the war, the submarine was used for training exercises, but the Type02A was used to launch the first atomic bomb tests.
In 1960, it served as a staging area for testing the first hydrogen bomb.
The Type02B was used as the launching site for the first nuclear bomb tests in 1963.