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Type 03

Medium-range air defense missile system

Type 03 air defense system

The Type 03 is a Japanese air defense system, which outperforms the US Patriot

 
 
Country of origin Japan
Entered service 2003
Dimensions and weight
Weight 17.8 ~ 23 t
Length 12.1 m
Width 2.81 m
Height (traveling order) 4.81 m
Height (combat order) 6.57 m
Missile
Missile length ~ 4.9 m
Missile diameter 0.28 ~ 0.32 m
Fin span ?
Missile weight 460 ~ 570 kg
Warhead weight 73 kg
Warhead type HE-FRAG
Range of fire ~ 50 km
Altitude of fire ?
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power 400 ~ 500 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Range ~ 800 km
Maneuverability
Gradient ~ 60%
Side slope ~ 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench 1.8 ~ 2 m
Fording ~ 1 m

 

   The Type 03 is a Japanese air defense missile system. Its development commenced in 1996. It was developed to replace the out-dated US Hawk air defense system. The Type 03 was adopted in 2003.

   A launcher vehicle carries up to 6 missiles. The missiles are launched vertically. Missiles for this system were developed by Mitsubishi Electric. The Type 03 air defense system can reach targets at a range of around 50 km. This system can engage aircraft, helicopters and UAVs. It can also engage cruise missiles traveling at low altitude. Interestingly the Type 03 missiles use digital maps for target route prediction.

   It is claimed that Type 03 missiles outperform the US Patriot air defense missiles in all key areas, except the range.

   After the introduction of the Type 03 a modified missile with improved performance was being developed.

   Launchers are based on a modified Type 02 heavy recovery vehicle with 8x8 configuration. This chassis was developed by Mitsubishi.

   Battery of the Type 03 includes an active phased array radar. It is similar in function to radars of Aegis warships. The Type 03 air defense system can track and engage multiple targets simultaneously.

   The Type 03 battery is also supported by a command post vehicle, communications vehicle, reloading vehicles, and some other types of specialized vehicles.

 

Variants

 

   Improved version of the Type 03. It was adopted by Japan's military in around 2017.

 

 
Type 03 air defense system

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Type 03 air defense system

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Type 03 air defense system

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