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A tank commander of a Type 90 died in a tank accident during training.

 

During AM hours at a SDF training area in Hokkaido on June 21st, a tank rolled over sideways during training and a crew member in his 30s got caught between the tank and the ground. He was taken to the hospital but he died.

 

According to the JGSDF Northern Army HQ, around 9:20 on the 21st, there was an accident where a Type 90 tank doing training rolled over onto its side at the large training area that is in and around the area of Chitose City, Hokkaido.

 

At the time, there were 4 crew members in the tank and out of them, the "tank commander", a Sergent 2nd Class in his 30s was riding in section of the turret of the tank and got caught between the tank and the ground. He was taken to the hospital but was confirmed dead after 11:00AM. The other 3 people in the tank didn't get injuries.

 

According to the Self-Defense Force, the Type 90 that rolled over belongs to the 73rd tank regiment, 7th Division at the nearby JGSDF Camp Minami Eniwa, and on the 21st, about 20 vehicles participated in training where they split up into friendlies and enemies.

 

The tank was running when it turned over. The SDF is starting an investigation into things like how fast was the tank going and what was going on at the time.

 

 

21日午前、北海道の陸上自衛隊の演習場で訓練中の戦車が横転し、乗っていた30代の隊員が戦車と地面の間に挟まれて、病院に運ばれましたが死亡しました。

 

陸上自衛隊北部方面総監部によりますと、21日午前9時20分ごろ、北海道千歳市やその周辺にまたがる自衛隊の北海道大演習場で、訓練中の90式戦車が横転する事故が起きました。

 

当時、戦車内には4人の隊員が乗っていましたが、このうち「車長」と呼ばれ、戦車の砲塔の部分に乗っていた30代の2等陸曹の男性が、戦車と地面の間に挟まれました。隊員は病院に搬送されましたが、午前11時すぎに死亡が確認されました。乗っていたほかの3人にけがはありませんでした。

 

自衛隊によりますと、横転した90式戦車は近くの南恵庭駐屯地の第7師団第73戦車連隊に所属していて、21日は20両程度が参加し、敵味方に分かれて訓練を行なっていたということです。

 

戦車は走行中に横転したということで、自衛隊ではどれくらいの速度が出ていたかなど当時の状況について調べを進めています。

 

 

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20170621/k10011026111000.html

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Stunning video footage! With any luck, there's footage of them being test driving and perhaps some documents on those results. A sad fate for them to have been scrapped there though. Thanks for the video! Any news article or government release document about it?

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At least now we know they didn't get rolled off a ship in the Pacific or cut up in Japan. It's a shame that so little about late war Japanese prototypes exists in the US record after testing, or at least has been found to date. I dream that somewhere there are file boxes full of stuff on the Chi-Ri, Chi-To, I-201 submarines, and so forth.

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That was used for US equipment left overseas in territory of our allies, who required us to remove them. In many cases they were dumped from landing vessels or dock landing ships. Then there was the case of the Army Air Forces dumping some million tons of ammo into the Marianas Trench.

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Not sure now about that video. The orientals unloading shell casings from their backpack transporters cannot be sited at Aberdeen. One or more of the lineups might have been taken in Japan.

 

As unfitting as that part is, the first few seconds of the Japanese tanks also include German tanks like Panther and Jagdpanther. So that part at least seems a good chance of being Aberdeen or somewhere in the US. Can't see any reason to haul German tanks along side Japanese tanks in Japan.

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Jason, that was a remarkable firepower demo with lots of very interesting stuff to see.

 

1. The HUMVEE-like AT vehicle that fired three missiles in very short order, all of which hit - can it designate its own targets or was it using third party targeting?

 

2. Was any mention made of the use of MMW radar and/or collaborative engagement capability by the Type 10 MBTs?

 

3. How are the wheeled TDs employed?

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Jason, that was a remarkable firepower demo with lots of very interesting stuff to see.

 

1. The HUMVEE-like AT vehicle that fired three missiles in very short order, all of which hit - can it designate its own targets or was it using third party targeting?

 

2. Was any mention made of the use of MMW radar and/or collaborative engagement capability by the Type 10 MBTs?

 

3. How are the wheeled TDs employed?

 

Someone actually watched the whole thing :)

 

1. It's called MMPM (Middle range Multi-Purpose Missile) and it comes as a set making a system. It uses Infrared homing (IIF) and Semi-Active Laser Homing. Aiming is done by either IIF or EHF radar. Is said to be able to lock-on and fair and forget. The aiming device can be taken off the aiming command vehicle and mounted on the ground.

MMPM.png

 

MMPM1.jpg

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E4%B8%AD%E8%B7%9D%E9%9B%A2%E5%A4%9A%E7%9B%AE%E7%9A%84%E8%AA%98%E5%B0%8E%E5%BC%BE

 

 

2. In the demonstration, there are four Type 10s split into two groups but they are networked together with instant information sharing. The first group is on the hill. The second group makes an advance attack. While they were making the attack, the group on the hill discover more tanks and the advancing tanks stop and make a retreat in reverse while shooting the discovered tanks. No mention of a radar in the demonstration.

 

3. Those are the Type 16 MCV (Maneuver Combat Vehicle) They are being used to increase the mobility and transportablity of 7 of the 15 existing divisions and brigades. Within each of those 7, they will be part of whats called Rapid Deployment Regiment made up of about 800 men and the Type 16 MCV is a core part of the concept.

https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%8D%B3%E5%BF%9C%E6%A9%9F%E5%8B%95%E9%80%A3%E9%9A%8A

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A first showing of a production version of the Type 16 MCV. The visual differences between it and prototype versions start at 3:32.

 

Three of them were in a small scale parade at 10:33

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bttMrinLMAs

 

Followed by a driving demonstration of one of them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8T0qaQ_5To

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A research APC sort of vehicle with in-wheel motors that enable it to pivot like a tracked vehicle.

 

Sounds like a very interesting project. But I do have to wonder how much more maintenance that would involve for any wheeled AFV? It can't be just as simple as changing the wheel and you're on the road again, can it?

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