The JS Haguro (DDG-180) is the second Maya class guided missile destroyer, following the lead ship JS Maya (DDG-179).

The new Japanese JS Haguro (DDG-180) destroyer is a further developed version of the Atago class, a guided missile destroyer built between 2004 and 2008. JS Haguro has a full load displacement of 10,250 long tons, a length of 169.9 m (557 ft 5 in), a beam of 22.2 m (72 ft 10 in), and a draft of 6.4 m (42 ft 8 in).

Compared to the Atago class, Haguro possesses a larger hull, with all the proven signature-reducing features including the sides of the deck and smoke funnels. Overall, the ship has a low profile, making her a small target on the horizon. Combining these qualities with modern combat systems, the ship has many of the essential survivability capabilities needed by modern generations of warships.

JS Haguro (DDG-180)
JS Haguro (DDG-180)

Haguro is equipped with a hybrid-electric propulsion system: Combined Gas turbine-eLectric And Gas turbine. This system consists of 4 x LM2500-30 series gas turbines driving 2 x 5-bladed propeller shafts astern. Total output power reaches 68,010 horsepower. JS Haguro can reach a top speed of 30 knots (56 km / h), with a crew of about 300 members.

Haguro’s combat power lies in the newer Aegis Weapon System Baseline 9C, a naval weapons system used to track and guide weapons to destroy enemy targets. Aegis allows the ship to share surveillance or targeting information among other assets, whether it is from a US Navy or Australian Navy ship or from an American or Japanese E-2 Hawkeye. The Maya class is the JMSDF’s first Aegis destroyer to be equipped with ballistic missile defense with the Aegis BMD 5.1 system.

The Japanese destroyer is essentially an improved version of the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke IIA destroyer. Its main weaponry includes a 127mm MK-45 Mod 4 naval cannon, 96 cell MK41 vertical launchers, mounted on the front and rear decks.

Additional weapons include: two 20 mm Phalanx CIWS, 8 × Type 17 anti-ship missiles in quad canisters. To enhance anti-submarine warfare capabilities, Haguro is equipped with a Sikorsky SH-60K naval helicopter, supported by a helipad in the rear. A full service hangar is also equipped.

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