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Type 87

Armored reconnaissance vehicle

Type 87 armored reconnaissance vehicle

The Type 87 armored reconnaissance vehicle is in service with Japanese army

Entered service 1988
Crew 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 15 t
Length 5.99 m
Width 2.48 m
Height 2.8 m
Main gun 25-mm cannon
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Main gun 140 rounds
Machine guns 400 x 7.62-mm
Engine Isuzu 10PBI diesel
Engine power 305 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Range 500 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 1.5 m
Fording 1 m


   At the end of 1970s Japan began development of a wheeled armored reconnaissance vehicle. For a prolonged period of time Japan operated mainly tracked armored vehicles due to their rough terrain. The Type 87 was developed by Komatsu. In 1988 first seven vehicles were produced out of 60 planned.

   The Type 87 is fitted with a turret-mounted Swiss Oerlikon Contraves 25-mm cannon. Secondary armament consists of coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun.

   Armor of this reconnaissance vehicle provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. Vehicle is fitted with an NBC protection system.

   Vehicle has a crew of five, including commander, gunner, driver, radio operator and a scout.

   The Type 87 has a rear-mounted engine. It is powered by Isuzu 10 PBI diesel, developing 305 horsepower. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. It can be adjusted on the move to impove mobility over difficult off-road terrain. The Type 87 armored reconnaissance vehicle is not amphibious.