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Type 19 truck-mounted howitzer breaks cover in Japan

24th August 2019 - 10:07 GMT | by Gordon Arthur, Koji Miyake in Gotemba

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The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) is getting ready to introduce into service its newest SPH, a truck-mounted system that carries the nomenclature of Type 19. 

The military showcased a prototype version to the public at its annual Fuji Firepower event on 22-25 August. A total of five prototypes have been produced and tested. 

The wheeled Type 19 employs a 155mm L/52 howitzer installed on an 8x8 truck chassis from MAN. Although Mitsubishi makes a heavy 8x8 truck chassis that is already utilised by the JGSDF (the Type 12 anti-ship missile system, for example), the slightly smaller MAN chassis was considered

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Gordon Arthur

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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Koji Miyake

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Koji Miyake is a Tokyo-based writer.

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