The Japanese Ministry of Defense's Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) displayed a model of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's (JGSDF's) future amphibious armoured fighting vehicle at the 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba.
An ATLA official told Jane's at the show that the model reflects the completion of the digital design phase of the vehicle adding that the platform, which will be powered by a compact 3,000 hp engine featuring a four-cycle water-cooled system, will be able to easily overcome coral reefs by using traction force mainly upward and waterjet thrust mainly forward.
As Jane's previously reported, the goal of 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 to provide an armoured vehicle that is manoeuvrable in coral reefs and the steep terrain that predominate in Japan's remote southern islands.
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