Hello everyone, US player aCrazyShrineMaiden (NA server obviously) recently took a trip to Japan, where he visited the JGSDF (Japanese army) Public Information Center (otherwise known as the “Rikkun Land”, located in the Asaka Camp). He took some pictures of the vehicles there, wrote the descriptions and decided to share it with us. Enjoy! Type 74 The Type 74, otherwise known in Japan as the(ななよんしきせんしゃ)74式戦車、was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to replace the Type 61. Its crew consisted of four people. In addition, its armament consisted of three weapons, the 105mm main gun, a 12.7 mm machine gun, and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. Its maximum speed was around 53 k.p.h and was able to withstand a cruising range of 300 kilometers. The first prototype of the Type 74 was designated the STB-1. The auto loader developed for the STB-1 proved to be too complicated and expensive and was removed along with the remote controlled anti-aircraft machine gun. The turret was also changed, becoming longer. All these changes resulted in the STB-3. The final prototype designated the STB-6 and production finally started as the Type 74. Type 96 wheeled armored vehicle The Type 96 Wheeled Armored Vehicle, otherwise known as the (きゅうろくそうりんそうこうしゃ)96式装輪装甲車、is an armored vehicle that entered service with Japan in 1995. As of 2012, 346 of the vehicles were produced by Komatsu Limited. Weighting in about 14.5 tons and outfitted with a main armament of one Type 96 40mm Automatic grenade launcher or one 12.7mm M2HB machine gun. Its speed rounds in at about 100 k.p.h and has an operational range of 500 kilometers. The crew consisted of two people with accommodations for 8 others. The driver would sit on the right side of the vehicle with the engine to his left. His position is outfitted with three periscopes with the center having the option for a replaceable passive night vision periscope. The passenger compartment has room for 8 infantry men with two firing ports on each side of the vehicle. Type 89 armored combat vehicle The Type 89 armored combat vehicle or (はちひゅうしきそうこうせんとうしゃ)89式装甲戦闘車、is an Infantry Fighting Vehicle developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Komatsu Limited, however, the primary contractor for the project was Mitsubishi, with the main subcontractor being Komatsu Limited. This vehicle could achieve speeds of around 70 k.p.h with an operation range of around 400 kilometers with its weight of 26.5 tons. It had a crew of 3 with arrangements for 7 other passengers. Its main armament consisted of a 35mm KDE cannon with a secondary armament of a Type 74 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and two Type 79 Jyu-MAT missile launchers. As of 2014, the number of these IFVs built is 120. Type 87 self-propelled antiaircraft gun The Type 87 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, also known as the(はちななしきじそうこうしゃきかんほう) 87式自走高射機関砲、is a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun built around the Oerlikon 35 mm twin cannon system used on the Gepard tank. It is manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries with a total number of 52 being built as of 2012. This vehicle could get to speeds of around 53 k/p/h with a weight of 38 tons within its operation range of 300 kilometers. Development began in 1987 with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries providing the chassis and Japan Steel Works providing the cannon system. It is referred to by some members of the JGSDF as Guntank, after the similar looking mobile suit in the Mobile Suit Gundam series. This particular vehicle consists of a crew of three people. Armaments include its two 35mm KDA auto cannon. Type 94 beach minelayer vehicle This amphibious vehicle known as the (じゅうよんしきすいさいじらいふせつそうち)94式水際地雷敷設装値。I honestly wasn’t able to find out much about this specific vehicle at the base, so I’ll just share the information found on the plaque in front of it. Its crew consists of three people and has a weight of about 16 tons. Its length is 11.8 meters and its width is 2.8 meters on ground and 4.0 meters at sea. This vehicle has a height of 3.5 meters and its maximum speed on ground is 50 k.p.h and 11 k.p.h at sea. Middle Range Multi-Purpose Missile This is an anti-tank/landing craft missile guidance system used by the JGSDF. Its Japanese name is(ちゅうきょりたもくてきゆうどうだん)中距離多目的誘導弾。This particular weapon was designed by JGSDF Ground Research and Development Command:GRD and manufactured at Kawasaki Heavy Industries. This weapon implements a Semi-Active Laser Homing and Imaging Infrared system, which guides the missiles. The Middle Range Multi-Purpose Missile, also known as the (ちゅうMPM)中MPM, is a smaller scale and less expensive than the Type 96 MPMS. Type 75 155mm howitzer This vehicle, known as the Type 75 155mm self-propelled howitzer, (ななごしきじそう155mmりゅうだんほう)75式走155mmりゅう弾砲 in japan, shares a number of automotive parts with the Type-74 which was developed around the same time. The chassis was developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, while the turret and howitzer were designed by Japan Steel Works. This vehicles crew consisted of six people and its armament was one 155mm L30 howitzer and one 12.7mm M2HB machine gun. It can achieve speeds up to around 47 k.p.h and its operation range was about 300 kilometers. As of 2001, Japan reported that 201 Type-75s were currently in service and are, in fact, still in use today. Keisoukou-Kidousya LAV This Light Armored Vehicle is known as the (けいそうこうきどうしゃ) 軽装甲機動車。 Similar to the Type-94 mine layer, I couldn’t find out much about this one either, so here is its plaque information. It housed a crew of four and weighed in at about 4.5 tons with a maximum speed of 100 k.p.h. Its length is 4.2 meters with a width of 2.0 meters and a height of 1.8 meters. Type 10 tank The type-10 tank, otherwise known as the (ひとまるしきせんしゃ) 10式戦車、is the fourth main battle tank that the JGSDF has been equipped with. Manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, this tank can achieve speeds up to 70 k.p.h forwards as well as backwards albeit weighting in at around 43.3 tons. This tanks weapons consist of its 120mm L44 smoothbore cannon that is built by Japan Steel Works, an M2HB 12.7mm machine gun, and a Type 74 7.62mm machine gun. This tanks crew consists of three people. As of 2010 there were only 13 in existence, however, through 2011-2015, an estimated 68 tanks are predicted to exist. Type 90 tank The Type 90 tank, also known as the (きゅうまるしきせんしゃ) 90式戦車、was the main battle tank of the JGSDF as of 2011 and was developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries with 341 being produced. This tank weighed in at around 50.2 tons and had a crew of three people. The weaponry on this tank consisted of a Rheinmetall 120mm smoothbore gun with an auto loader, followed by an M2HB 12.7mm machine gun in addition to a 7.62 Continue reading →

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