Type 10 MBT

The Type 10 is the main battle tank of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force. Entering service in 2012, it has been developed and built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to replace the Type 90 and Type 74 tanks. It is a highly-advanced main battle tank featuring modular ceramic composite armor and a 120-mm smoothe-bore gun, which was also developed and produced in Japan. Its computerized fire control system allows it to accurately fire on the move over rough terrain. Due to its engine technology, it can move backward as fast as it can drive forward, at 70 km/h. Thus, it is considered a fourth generation main battle tank, sharing the same characteristics of some NATO nations’ MBT, with its profile resembling that of the Leopard 2A5. The Type 10’s command, control, and communication system is linked up to the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force.


Type: Main Battle Tank

Length: 9.5 m

Width: 3.2 m

Height: 2.3 m

Weight: 44 tons

Armor: modular ceramic composite, on nano-crystal steel

Weapons: 120-mm gun; .50-caliber M2B and 7.62-mm Type 74 machine guns

Power plant: one 1,200 hp, V8 diesel engine

Maximum speed: 70 km/h

Range: 500 km



Type 10 MBT in action (video)

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