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Hachinosu-class drone destroyer
The Hokkaido leaving port at Okinawa
The Hokkaido leaving port at Okinawa
Career East Asian Federation
East Asian Federation
Operated by: Flag of the East Asian Federation Federation Naval Self-Defense Force
Builder: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Laid down: 2004-2011
Commissioned: 2008-
Status: In service
General characteristics
Displacement: 6,750 tons
Length: 170 m (557 ft 9 in)
Beam: 21 m (68 ft 11 in)
Draft: 6.2 m (20 ft 4 in)
Propulsion: 4 Ishikawajima Harima/General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines

Two shafts 5-bladed CP props 100,000 shaft horsepower (75 MW)

Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h)
Complement: 125
Armament: *SM-2MR Standard SAM
*two SDL Drone Launchers
Cost: ~258,900,000,000¥

The Hachinosu class of guided missile destroyer, also known as the Drone Carrier class, is the predominant deployment platform for the Tonbo Drone in the East Asian Federation armed forces. The class is nearly identical to the Atago class guided missile destroyer, with its reduced armament consisting of two drone launchers and several SAM batteries.

The Hachinosu class' design is a variant of the Allied States' Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. The ships of the class are built in a joint partnership between Hyasoda Military Industries and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Design[]

The Hachinosu class, like the Atago it is based on, is fundamentally a scaled up version of Kongō class destroyers. Unlike the Atago, there is very little crew space, as all available space is devoted to drone storage.

It utilizes an upgraded version of the Aegis integrated naval combat system, in an anti-air and anti-missile capacity, complementing the other missile destroyers in the fleet. In addition, the Hachinosu class has the ability to launch drones for air-to-air combat in limited situations.

Ships in the Class[]

There are currently seven Hachinosu-class carriers, each named after a region of the federation:

Name Date commissioned
FNS Hachinosu (Prototype) 12/23/2007
FNS Kanto 1/24/2008
FNS Kansai 3/30/2009
FNS Hokkaido 10/28/2009
FNS Chubu 5/30/2010
FNS Gyeonggi 6/3/2011
FNS Chugoku TBD
FNS Kwanso TBD
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