The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) unveiled a new truck-mounted nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) decontamination set on 27 May at Camp Omiya in Saitama Prefecture, where the service’s Central NBC Weapon Defense Unit is based.
Mounted on a 6×6 truck the new set, which is composed of 'Type Ⅰ' and 'Type Ⅱ' decontamination equipment, was displayed at an event commemorating the 61st anniversary of the founding of the camp, a spokesperson told Jane’s on 15 June.
The new equipment is a successor to the service’s ‘Type 94’ decontamination set mounted on a Mitsubishi Type 73 truck, the spokesperson added.
The new equipment underwent research and prototype development as well as initial testing between fiscal year 2008 (FY 2008) and FY 2010. Operational suitability tests were carried out from FY 2013 to FY 2014 by the Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA).
The unveiling of the new set comes after the MoD recently allocated JPY100 million (USD905,000) for the acquisition of Type I decontamination equipment for FY 2018. Additional funds had also been allocated in the FY 2017 supplementary budget.
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