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Actually it IS a 'relative great horsepower' - just compare with 525 hp engine of AAV7 (will be ~700 after upgrades).


It says "as a tank engine its not so much"


The article does note that the aimed speed of the prototype is 3 times that of the AAV7 but it is still half that of the EFV.

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Back in the middle of 2014, at Eurosatory, Mitsubishi put a small model of an 8x8 wheel armored vehicle.










When Mitsubishi unveiled the amphibious vehicle prototype, they also unveiled an 8x8 armored vehicle prototype. The prototype amphibious vehicle can be seen in the back in the next picture below.















Familiar to the MCV.



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Look like japan took a cue from the italians which developed the Frecchia IFV from the Centauro.


Any other versions planned for a true family of vehicles like mortar carrier, howitzer, AAA, medic...?


They are thinking about it. I'm not sure if the following image is exact to whats to come but it's there.






The next thing actually possibly in or entering into prototype level might be a variant with a 30mm cannon and 120mm mortar as indicated by the Eurosatory exhibition in 2014.





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Plans for stationing JGSDF on Nansei Islands.




Amami Oshima: 550 personnel. By 2018.



Miyakojima: 700-800 personnel. By 2018.



Ishigakishima: 500-600 personnel. After 2019.


These three include civil disturbance unit, anti-ship missile unit, and SAM unit.



Yonagunijima: 150 personnel. By the end of 2015. Coastal Surveillance unit.


A candidate location for a new JGSDF radar on Ishigakishima is causing concern from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan because they have a radio telescope on the island and is only about 2 km away from the candidate location for a JGSDF radar. The telescope is used for understanding the galaxy and it began major observations since 2002. It also makes observations together with other telescopes in Kagoshima prefecture, Iwate prefecture, and on Chichijima island in the Ogasawara islands, creating an effect of having a telescope with a diameter of 2,300km. The JGSDF radar is needed for the already planned SSMs and SAMs to be deployed on the island. The telescope's signal receiving area is protected by law, however by exemption to that law is being decided on because of article 112 of SDF law.





Black dot is the location of the radio telescope and the red dot is the candidate location for the JGSDF radar.





The telescope.



Hopefully it'll turn out that interference won't be at prohibitive levels for the telescope when the radar becomes operational.

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When raised it looks to me as if mostly the rams will be inside the presumably armoured rectangular section sleeves. When lowered, if something damages them it's probably got in through the door anyway.

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At this stage it looks like a shoe box. :D

I guess boat shaped modules to aid in floatation are to be added in the future?

I hope so :lol:





Yeah, I can imagine it with detachable boat-shaped pontoons front and aft....

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At this stage it looks like a shoe box. :D

I guess boat shaped modules to aid in floatation are to be added in the future?

I hope so :lol:



Yeah, I can imagine it with detachable boat-shaped pontoons front and aft....



Maybe too reminiscent of the Imperial days if it was like that.




Maybe an old photo.


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While Mitsubishi developed the 8x8 APC (MAV) based off of the Maneuver Combat Vehicle (MCV), Komatsu is developing whats called "Type 96 APC Kai (Improved)". It's not clear if they are competing against each other or if both have a role to fill. In a 2013 document, the "Type 96 APC Kai" is to be developed as the successor to the Type 96 APC. It's purpose is to better participate in peace keeping operations, be able to respond to island invasion, and to have better protection. 4.7 million yen (42,107,159 US dollars today's exchange rate) was allocated to the development of a prototype in the 2014 defense budge. It was planned that the prototype would be built from 2014 to 2016 and technical and operational testing would be carried out from 2016 to 2018. The prototype program is to investigate into the results from the MCV prototype for making components in order to meet appropriate costs. It'll also look to use parts and technology from existing vehicles to further reduce costs and save time.





These images seem to be new although I don't know the origin of them. And the dimensions in the second one make no sense.














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Looks very GTK Boxer like.


Almost had me thinking that the images really were of the Boxer with Japanese fonts. Front slope being longer on Boxer is the only main difference that I can see. Certainly looks more like Boxer than the Type 96 APC. Although at under 20 tons, still much lighter than Boxer.

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Abe Cabinet says Article 9 does not ban possessing, using N-weapons

The Abe Cabinet has decided that war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution does not necessarily ban Japan from possessing and using nuclear weapons.

In an April 1 written answer to opposition lawmakers in the Diet, the Cabinet also says the government “firmly maintains a policy principle that it does not possess nuclear weapons of any type under the three non-nuclear principles.”

The address was adopted at a Cabinet meeting in response to memorandums of questions submitted to the Lower House by Seiji Osaka of the largest opposition Democratic Party and Takako Suzuki, an independent.

Successive administrations have maintained a constitutional interpretation that Paragraph 2 of Article 9 does not ban Japan from possessing armed forces that is the minimum necessary for self-defense.

In a statement to the Diet in 1978, Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda said Article 9 does not absolutely prohibit the country from possessing nuclear weapons as long as it is limited to the minimum necessary level.

But Fukuda added that it is Japan’s national principle to abide by the three non-nuclear principles, introduced by Prime Minister Eisaku Sato in 1967.

The written address adopted by the Abe Cabinet on April 1 maintains the previous governments’ interpretation of the Constitution that Article 9 allows the country to possess an armed force that is the minimum necessary for self-defense.

“Even if it involves nuclear weapons, the Constitution does not necessarily ban the possession of them as long as they are restricted to such a minimum necessary level,” it says.

The written address also referred a controversial remark by Yusuke Yokobatake, director-general of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau, at the Upper House Budget Committee on March 18 that he does not believe the Constitution bans the use of any type of nuclear weapon.

It says Yokobatake’s remark only reaffirmed the government’s principle.


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So I guess the idea is that as the security threat grows larger, than the minimum level required for defense goes up as well, to where nuke deterrence now qualifies. It's interesting timing since the G7 foreign ministers just got together at Hiroshima promoting the idea of nuclear non-proliferation.

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3 month training program for becoming a member of the elite rangers of the GSDF. The rangers make up just 8% of the personnel in the GSDF. Orders are answered with "ranger" during the training. The episode follows a candidate who is much shorter than the average and whose dream was to become one. 1 and a half months into the training was survival training which included eating snakes and frogs. At the end was a 4 day exercise that starts with arriving on land by small boats at night and then infiltrating on foot, zig zagging through mountains and forest to a location 45km away where they would be picked up by helicopter. The hike would be 2 days long. In the past, candidates that have died on the long mountain path by falling. Each day was limited to 1 meal and 1 hour of sleep. The helicopter takes them to where they would simulate an attack on an enemy camp. The attack was made on the 4th day. After the attack was 4km back to base. The short candidate wasn't able to complete the mountain hike because his condition was too bad so he was moved back down the mountain. But he was allowed to continue to the next phase of the training and went on to complete it, becoming a ranger. Of 22 candidates, 16 passed.



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