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Japan shows new Type 16 MCV

4th September 2017 - 01:24 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo

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A single Type 16 Manoeuvre Combat Vehicle (16MCV) appeared at the Fuji Firepower demonstration in Japan on 27 August. However, instead of the expected production model, the participant was only a prototype. 

The Fuji Tank School Unit will field the first production 16MCVs in mid-September. 

The 16MCV 8x8 vehicle of the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF) is armed with a 105mm L/52 rifled gun based on the Royal Ordnance L7. It fires Type 91 HEAT-MP and Type 93 APFSDS rounds as does the Type 74 tank, although it is difficult for these rounds to penetrate the frontal armour of third-generation

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