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Ryujin

 

ryujin

 

General and Technical Data

 

Model number: N/A
Code name: Ryujin
Unit type: submersible military labor
Manufacturer: unknown
Operator: Japan Self-Defense Forces (Maritime Self-Defense Force)
Rollout: unknown
Accommodation: pilot and copilot, in standard cockpit in main body
Dimensions: unknown
Weight: unknown
Armor materials: unknown
Powerplant: unknown
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown
Fixed armaments: none

 

Technical and Historical Notes

 

The Ryujin is a submersible military labor used by Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force. In 2000, a Ryujin unit from the destroyer JDS Tsurugi is deployed as part of a join operation between the SDF and the police to lure a genetically engineered monster into a trap at the Budokan stadium. The Ryujin's role in the operation is to transmit sounds to attract the monster's attention and guide it through a canal that leads into the Budokan. However, the Ryujin's sound system malfunctions and doesn't deactivate at the appropriate time, causing the monster to continue its pursuit. The Ryujin's engines are damaged when it crashes into a bridge. Rather than let the creature escape, Ground Self-Defense Force troops use a bazooka to destroy the Ryujin (and its pilots) and clear the path for the monster.

 

Miscellaneous Information

 

Appearances: WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3
Original mechanical designer: Yutaka Izubuchi

 

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