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Modernized Type 73 Ougata

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Modernized Type 73 Ougata military truck (latest version)

Latest version of the Japanese Type 73 military truck, produced by Isuzu

 
 
Country of origin Japan
Entered service 1999
Configuration 6x6
Cab seating 1 + 2
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 8.6 t
Payload capacity (on road) 6 t
Payload capacity (off road) 3.5 t
Length 7.15 m
Width 2.49 m
Height 3.15 m
Mobility
Engine Isuzu 8PE1 V8 diesel
Engine power 286 hp
Maximum road speed 105 km/h
Range 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 1 m
Fording 0.8 m

 

   The Type 73 Ougata is a Japanese military truck. It was developed by Isuzu in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This truck was based on a commercial Isuzu truck. A number of modification were made in order to meet military requirements. Also the commercial design was simplified in order to reduce production and procurement costs. It was deployed by the Japanese military from 1973 and was used by all branches of the Japanese military in large numbers. Since its introduction the basic design was updated 2 times in order to improve performance. Interestingly despite all improvements designation of this truck remained the same. The second version was adopted in 1987. The third version of the Type 73 truck was introduced in 1999. It is slightly larger and heavier than two previous versions. It has a new cab and is fitted with a more powerful engine. So far it is the latest version. This truck is widely used by Japan's military. Currently it is the most common version of the Type 73 truck in service with the Japanese military, though older versions are also used.

   This Japanese truck has a payload capacity of 3.5 t off road. On roads it can carry 6 t. A standard troop/cargo version can carry 22 soldiers in the rear cargo are. This truck can also tow trailers and artillery pieces with a maximum weight of 6 t.

   This truck is used for a number of roles. Variants besides the general service version include a cargo truck with crane, dump truck, shelter carrier, fuel and water tanker (5 000 l capacity), light wrecker, and some other. This military truck is also used for the Type 81 and Type 11 air defense missile systems.

   The modernized Type 73 truck has a new cab. It accommodates driver and up to two passengers. Most versions are fitted with a soft canvas top, though there are also specialized versions with hard top. Windhield can be folded down in order to reduce overall height of the vehicle. Add on armor kit can be fitted for the cab. It provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. These Japanese military trucks are unarmed. There is no provision to mount defensive weapons.

   This truck is powered by an Isuzu 8PE1 V8 diesel engine, developing 286 hp. The previous version of the Type 73 was fitted with a less powerful engine, developing 240 hp. Engine is mated to an automatic transmission with 6 forward and 1 reverse speeds. This truck can reach a maximum road speed of 105 km.

 

 

 
Modernized Type 73 Ougata military truck (latest version)

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Modernized Type 73 Ougata military truck (latest version)

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Modernized Type 73 Ougata military truck (latest version)

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Type 73 Ougata military truck with armored cab

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