Japan to construct unmanned undersea vessel to find mines

TOKYO --- The Japanese government plans to purchase the nation's first domestically developed unmanned underwater vehicle, which will be capable of detecting mines on the seabed, in fiscal 2019, according to government sources. The government intends to include hundreds of millions of yen for the purchase in its budgetary request for next fiscal year and launch operations in fiscal 2022, the sources said. If a Japanese remote island is occupied and mines are deployed in waters nearby, the envisaged vehicle could be used to remove the mines without putting human lives at risk. The unmanned underwater vehicle is about 5 meters long and weighs about 1 ton. It will be used together with a...

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