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7 hours ago, Serge said:

To start a Japanese dedicated new topic, a Finn history :

The 3 main competitors for the bid are the Mitsubishi MAV, LAV 6.0, and AMV XP. I've barely seen the LAV talked about at all so it seems like its the least likely to be picked. It still has a chance, but I don't see the AMV XP winning in this competition. The chosen APC would be replacing the Type 96 in infantry divisions, the ICV variant would be directly integrated into Japan's RDR which primarily use MCVs, and the RCV would go into the reconnaissance combat battalions of which all but 1 use the MCV.

With that being the case, the AMV XP is fighting a steep uphill battle competing against a MCV based hull with parts commonality to heavily integrate with units already using the MCV.



However it's still nice to see that Japan is opening up a bit to the international market and trying to stretch their limited budget.

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10 hours ago, Gauntlet said:

Did ARTEC  not try to enter the competition with the Boxer?

As posted by David, the boxer did some advertising at DSEI Japan 2019, but was eliminated from the running before the idea even made it off the ground due to the size and weight. The Type 16 MCV at 26t is basically the max limit of having free access to all Japanese infrastructure. Other candidates that didn't make it far and were dropped fairly early on include the Freccia, Stryker, Piranha, SuperAV, and South African RG41. These were all competing back when Komatsu was the primary JP bid. 

Basically everything from that initial program was scrapped. All competitors were basically eliminated. the LAV 6.0 wasn't even in the running then, the AMV in the first bid swapped to the AMV XP in the current program, and Mitsubishi took over Komatsu's spot.

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Here is some of the stuff Japan is bringing to Eurosatory. This includes

JTPS-P8-E Coastal Radar

JFPS-3ME EW Radar (same one sold to the Philippines)

JTPS-P14ME Anti-Air warning Radar (same one sold to the Philippines)

OOZ-5 UUV (same UUV deployed on the Mogamis)

The most interesting one to me is the turret drives and accompanying systems from the Type 10


The changes to the Three Principles go into effect next March so hopefully this time next year instead of seeing Type 10 turret drives we see actual Type 10s.

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Newest production Type 16 spotted with what appears to be an RWS mounting plate.


Unknown what model it will be since Japan has 2 designs. The first appeared on an LAV for trials. The 2nd appeared on one of the Type 16 prototypes and ended up being the RWS on the Mogami frigates. Neither would affect C2 operations, but the first model is noticeably more compact. On the flip side the taller model would assist in the Type 16s secondary role of reconnaissance.

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I was wondering about what the smart block module was since there wasn't any info in the video. Looks like it's a build your own GaN X-band AESA. Customers can buy the pre-built module blocks and combine them to the required size/output needed.

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Japan is looking at another potential sale of the J/FPS-3 after the Philippines. The primary issue here is that Japan is reluctant to sell their JADGE software with the system, and instead wants to sell the US NTDS which is where the bottleneck comes from. This was not an issue in the PH case because part of the sale was Japan having monitor access to the systems they sold, so also including JADGE was beneficial. PH is also one of the nations with tech transfer agreements in place with JP while Egypt does not.

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Japan should be selecting between the AMV XP and MAV very soon. In the preliminary request, there was a request for 29 vehicles of either type to begin replacing the Type 96. The winner of the program will have to be decided too before the budget request is sent out because they need to know the unit cost to know how much to request.

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