The Japan Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has resumed plans to acquire a new wheeled armoured vehicle to replace the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s (JGSDF’s) ageing fleet of Komatsu Type 96 8×8 armoured personnel carriers (APCs).
The agency held an explanatory meeting on 14 May for companies looking into possible proposals to develop a prototype vehicle. When contacted by Jane’s an ATLA spokesperson refused to disclose details of the meeting citing “the fairness of the selection procedures”, but revealed that the new vehicle is expected to be armoured, armed, and capable of rapidly deploying JGSDF troops in a wide range of situations, including “for the defence of remote islands in the face of the enemy’s armed threats”.
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