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Mitsubishi Type 89 IFV

Mitsubishi Type 89
A Type 89 at the JGSDF public information center.
Type 89
Type Infantry fighting vehicle
Place of origin Japan
Service history
In service 1989–present
Used by Japan
Production history
Designer Komatsu Limited and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Designed 1980
Manufacturer Komatsu Limited and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Produced 1989–present
Number built 120 (2014)
Specifications
Weight 27 tonnes
Length 6.70 m
Width 3.20 m
Height 2.5 m
2.75 m (overall)
Crew 3 + 7

Armor steel ceramic composite armour
Main
armament
35 mm KDE cannon
Secondary
armament
2 × Type 79 Jyu-MAT missile, Type 74 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun
Engine Mitsubishi 6SY31WA Water-cooled 6-cylinder diesel
600 hp at 2,000 rpm
Suspension Torsion bar
Operational
range
400 km
Speed 70 km/h

The Mitsubishi Type 89 IFV (三菱89式装甲戦闘車 Mitsubishi 89-shiki sōkō-sentō-sha) is a Japanese infantry fighting vehicle that entered service with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force in 1989. The vehicle was with 58 vehicles in service as of 1999, with a total of 120 produced by 2014. The main armament of the vehicle is an Oerlikon Contraves 35 millimeter KDE cannon.

Development

Development of the Type 89 began in 1980, with four prototypes being produced in 1984. These prototypes were tested until 1986. It was accepted into service and type classified in 1989. When the vehicle entered production, the initial requirement was for around 300 vehicles. The primary contractor for the project was Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, with the main subcontractor being Komatsu Limited.

Description

Close up of a firing port.

The vehicle is of relatively conventional layout with a welded steel hull. The 600 horsepower Mitsubishi 6SY31WA water-cooled diesel engine located in the front left of the hull. It drives an automatic transmission which in turn drives the track via drive sprockets at the front of the hull. On each side of the hull are six road wheels with an idler at the rear, and three track return rollers. The suspension is a torsion bar system. The driver sits to the right of the engine, with a single-piece hatch above him that opens to the right. The driver is provided with three fixed vision periscopes, and a single traversable periscope in the hatch. A passive night vision periscope can be used in place of one of the day periscopes. A single infantry man sits behind the driver and has a hatch immediately above him with two vision periscopes that provide coverage of the front of the hull, as well as a large spherical firing port on the right side of the hull.

The rear of the hull with the spherical firing port.
A Type 89 prototype at the JGSDF public information center.

In the center of the hull is the two man turret which mounts the Oerlikon Contraves 35 millimeter caliber dual feed cannon with a cyclic rate of fire of approximately 200 rounds per minute, which is produced under license in Japan. Coaxially mounted to the cannon is a Type 74 7.62 millimeter caliber machine gun. The turret also mounts a single Type 79 Jyu-MAT missile on each side of the turret. Underneath the missile launcher is an array of three smoke grenade launchers. The gunner sits on the left of the turret, with the commander to his right with hatches that open to the rear. Both are provided with telescopic sights mounted on the front of the turret. The gunner has two vision periscopes that cover the front and left of the turret. The commander has six periscopes that provide all round coverage. The turret is also fitted with a laser warning system.

At the rear of the hull is the main troop compartment, that seats six infantry men. The troops enter through two large doors which swing open to the side. The troop compartment has six firing ports, three on the left, one of the right rear exit door, two on the right side. Each of the firing ports is provided with a vision periscope mounted above it.

See also

References

  • Jane's Armour and Artillery 2005-2006. 
  • "89式 装甲戦闘車". rightwing.sakura.ne.jp. 
  • "89式装甲戦闘車". masdf.com. 
  • "89式装甲戦闘車". Military Powers. 
  • "Type 89 Blindé de combat d'infanterie - Armoured infantry fighting vehicle". armyrecognition.com (in Français). 

External links

  • Official JGSDF Page.
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