Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Hall 6, Stand 521), which is prime contractor for many of the armoured fighting vehicles (AFV) used by the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force, revealed details of a new 8x8 vehicle here at the show .
This is being described as a multipurpose AFV, which because of its high volume and payload, can be adopted for a wide range of battlefield missions and has been undergoing company trials.
Mitsubishi is quoting a maximum gross vehicle weight of 28 tonnes, of which up to 18 tonnes is the payload. This includes the crew, weapon system and the armour package. The latter can be a mixture of passive armour, bar/net type or explosive reactive armour.
A mine protection package could also be fitted and the crew provided with special blast-attenuating seats in the rear troop compartment.
The APC model would typically be fitted with a roof-mounted remote-controlled weapon station armed with a .50 machine gun and have a crew of three plus eight dismounts. In addition to the baseline armoured personnel carrier, the company has also proposed more specialised versions. These would have a higher roof line to the rear of the driver’s and engine compartment to provide more internal volume and would include a command post and ambulance. The hydropneumatic suspension would provide a high level of cross-country mobility, with summer and winter tyres available as options.