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Mitsubishi Special Wheeled Chassis

Special Wheeled Chassis

Mitsubishi 8x8 special wheeled chassis

The Mitsubishi 8x8 military vehicle is used to carry various missiles and equipment

 
 
Country of origin Japan
Entered service 2002
Configuration 8x8
Cab seating 1 + 2
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) ~ 17 t
Payload capacity ~ 15 t
Length ~ 11 m
Width 2.5 m
Height 3.4 m
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

 

   Mitsubishi Heavy Industries developed a special wheeled chassis with 8x8 configuration for Japan's military. Actual designation of this high mobility vehicle is unknown. It was first delivered to Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) in 2002 in a form of Type 02 heavy recovery vehicle. Eventually this 8x8 wheeled chassis was used for a number of military applications. Notably it was used to carry components of the Type 03 air defense missile system and Type 12 anti-ship missile system. It was planned that this Mitsubishi 8x8 chassis will be also used as a base for a Type 19 155 self-propelled howitzer, however for some reason a German MAN HX77 chassis was selected instead.

   This Mitsubishi vehicle was designed to operate off-road. The basic chassis can be adapted to suit various applications.

   The cab accommodates driver and 2 passengers. Interestingly unlike many other military vehicles this Mitsubishi 8x8 special wheeled chassis has got no roof hatch and no provision to mount defensive armament on the roof. Instead there is a storage rack mounted on the cab roof.

   Vehicle has an all-wheel drive configuration.

 

Variants

 

   Type 02 heavy recovery vehicle, fitted with specialized equipment for recovery operation. It can recover damaged, immobile, disabled and overturned vehicles and tow them to maintenance units. It was mainly designed to recover Type 96 wheeled armored personnel carriers and their variants, as well as Type 87 wheeled armored reconnaissance vehicles. However it can also recover other wheeled and tracked military vehicles. Production of this recovery vehicle commenced in 2002.

   Type 03 air defense missile system. The special wheeled chassis is used for to carry components of this air defense system, including launchers with missiles, reloading vehicles and surveillance radar.

   Type 12 anti-ship missile system. This Mitsubishi special wheeled chassis is used to carry components of the Type 12 coastal defense missile system.

    It was planned that this Mitsubishi 8x8 chassis will be used as a base for a Japanese Type 19 155 self-propelled howitzer. However for some reason a German MAN HX77 chassis was selected instead.

 

 

 
Mitsubishi 8x8 special wheeled chassis

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