New details have emerged about Tokyo's development of a next-generation amphibious armoured fighting vehicle for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF).
A Japanese official gave a presentation at the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2019 defence and security conference held in London from 14 to 21 January, and explained that the goal of the programme is to provide an armoured vehicle that is manoeuvrable in coral reefs and the steep terrain that predominate in Japan's remote southern islands.
The programme, which started in 2017 with a series of computer simulations designed to reduce the time and cost spent on research and development, is scheduled to be completed in 2022.
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