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Type 10 MBT
The Type 10 is the latest Japanese MBT, intended as a successor to the Type 90 and one of the most modern new designs in the world. As is the case with many 21st century fighting vehicles, the Type 10 incorporates the latest advances in modular armor technology enabling different degrees of protection depending on the mission profile. Armament consists of a locally-designed 120-mm smoothbore, built on the experience of license producing the similar caliber Rheinmetall gun used on the Type 90. This will fire both Japanese-designed as well as NATO standard ammunition. Perhaps the most important innovation, however, is the use of advanced C4I (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence) networking capability which allows the sharing of information among tanks as well as with regimental commanders. It is also capable of obtaining full speed in reverse thanks to a continuously variable transmission. Other innovations brought forward from the Type 90 include an active hydropneumatic suspension as well as entirely locally-designed sub-systems. Initial units entered service in 2012 and production is expected into 2015 at least.

The TK-X (MBT-X) was born out of the need to replace Type 74 and 90 tanks and an initial prototype was revealed in 2008. No variants of the basic Type 10 have so far been developed.

Type 10 MBT (JGSDF)
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DesignType 10
Name-
Code Name-
TypeMain Battle Tank
Year2012
Crew3
Dimensions
Length w/Gun9.49 m
Length?
Width3.24 m
Height2.30 m
Weight
Loaded48,000 kg
SuspensionHydropneumatic Active
Performance
Range440 km
Speed70 km/h
AmphibiousNo
Fording-
Vertical Obstacle0 m
Trench-
Gradient60%
Powerplant
Engine1 x 1,200hp
Mitsubishi
FuelDiesel (V8)
Power/Weight25.00 hp/t
Armament
Main120-mm (L/44)
Japan Steel Works
Smoothbore
Traverse360°
Elevation?
Penetration600 mm @ 2 km
Rounds?
Secondary1 x 7.62-mm (c) x
1 x 12.7-mm x
Armor
TypeComposite (Modular)
Thickness0 - 705 mm
Max Effective420 - 1,229 mm RHAe
Hull Upper Front420 mm
Hull Upper Sides290 mm
Turret Front705 mm / 55°
Production
Built81
Total81
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