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DSA 2018: Development delays for Japanese 8x8 APC

11th April 2018 - 02:15 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo


The Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA) announced in December that the development completion date of the Improved Wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier (WAPC) for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) would be delayed from FY2018 to FY2021, or later, because the prototype has serious problems.

ATLA said the ballistic performance of armour plates was not constant and their thickness was insufficient.

Prime contractor Komatsu will have to solve these problems, but in the meantime ATLA is simultaneously researching alternatives for production.

Thus, ATLA announced on 15 January that it was accepting applications from companies able to provide information to produce

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Koji Miyake


Koji Miyake

Koji Miyake is a Tokyo-based writer.

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