Type 10 Tank

Type 10 Tank

Type Main battle tank
Place of origin Japan
Specifications
Weight 40 to 48 tonnes depending on the armor configuration
Length 9.42 m
Width 3.24 m
Height 2.30 m
Crew 3 (commander, gunner, driver)
Armor Modular ceramic composite armor
Primary
armament 120 mm of unknown barrel length, built by Japan Steel Works, Ltd
Secondary
armament M2HB 12.7 mm machine gun
Type 74 7.62mm machine gun
Engine 4 stroke cycle 8 cylinder Diesel engine
1200hp/2300rpm
Power/weight 27 hp/tonne
Transmission Continuously variable transmission
Suspension Active Hydropneumatic Suspension
Operational
range N/A
Speed 70 km/h

Overview

The TK-X (MBT-X) project aims to build a new main battle tank, designated as Type 10, to replace and/or complement the existing Type 74 and Type 90 main battle tanks that are currently in service with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force. The development began in 1990s, and production is expected to start in 2010-2011. A prototype was revealed on February 13, 2008 at Technology Research and Development Institute (TRDI) in Sagamihara. Heavy emphasis was placed on C4I capabilities as well as increasing performance, firepower, defense and mobility.

Several pictures were released in February 13, 2008, when the vehicle was revealed to the media at TRDI in Sagamihara. From the pictures, it is clear that the Type 10 has sloped turret armor similar to the Leopard 2A5 and onwards, as well as a side profile similar to the Leclerc due to the use of modular components, thereby significantly improving the side armor in comparison to the Type 90. The Commander's Panoramic Sight has been moved to the right and is located at a higher position than the Type 90, giving the commander a wide range of view.

By GlobalSecurity report, The vehicle is expected to be armed with the New L44 120mm smoothbore gun developed by Japan Steel Works. This company also license-produces the Rheinmetall L44 120mm gun for the Type 90 MBT. There is an option for L55 or a new barrel 50 caliber in length. The TK-X main battle tank will fire a newly developed armor-piercing ammunition. It is compatible with all standard 120-mm NATO ammunition.

The vehicle's armor can be reconfigured depending on the needs. Without additional armor plating, the vehicle weighs about 40 tonnes, while weighing about 48 tonnes with all of the add-on armor. The prototype featured in 2008 at TRDI weighed 44 tonnes.

The development costs so far is approximately JPY¥48,400,000,000, or approximately USD$447m. Each unit is expected to cost approximately JPY¥700,000,000, or USD$6.5m.

Other features are as follows;

* It will use Continuously Variable Transmission.
* Autoloader will be present, with crew count of three (Commander and gunner in the turret, driver in the hull).
* It is equipped with active hydropneumatic suspension, which allows it to adjust its stance.
* C4I system is present.
* A day & night 360 degree sight is also mounted on the turret, which can be integrated with the "new Basic Regimental Command & Control System".

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5 years 1 week ago, 7:55 AM

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grows by one

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5 years 1 week ago, 9:02 AM

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I hope you get one lol.

5 years 1 week ago, 12:38 PM

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Didn't spend a lot of time around tanks, but the new Japanines 10 has me confused. Something about the power and weight ratio doesnt add up. I know the Abrams, and others are turbine powered, and if i remember like three times the hp.. You ever hear of just a V8.. I know my duramax can put out some power with a chip in it (im to cheap to add one, and like it fine as is) but still pushing 5k lbs compared to that thing weighing 80K-95K lbs.
Also thought all the best tanks Israels and ours were crew served, and not auto loaded.
Educate me brother.

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5 years 1 week ago, 3:08 PM

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on tanks or any other military vehicles. I am just a fan and admirer of old battle wagons..I don't know of you have ever seen the best of series on the military channel.. the link is...http://military.discovery.com/technology/vehicles/tanks/tanks-intro.html...very educational..

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5 years 1 week ago, 4:25 PM

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Im no expert either.

How ever if I was to choose a tank I would go for the M4 Sherman. I love history and this tank has a lot of history behind it.

5 years 1 week ago, 5:53 PM

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This is interesting. I have it from CREDITABLE sources, and a number of them. That there is a "group" of collectors that have settled in Eloy AZ. This is a little farming (cheap land)comunity bout equadistant from Sams area of AZ and mine. I keep contact with other Nam Vets, and I heard this a number of times. Not sure what the scoop is, I do know that there is money involved, and guess they have a number of armored vehicles APC's, tanks etc. May be a group of patriots, or just a number of guys that have the same intrest.. I do know that every story i hear, from diffrent sources all are in concert on this. Also before i moved out of that area of AZ due to transfer, i stoped at Cooledge airport one day to check on a story of Mig 17's that someone had bought surplus. I saw them with my own eyes 5 Mig 17's wings off and still wraped from shiping.. You gota have bucks for that sorta thing. Don't want to sound like a conspiracy type, and actually think its about as cool as it can be.. If anybody has info on this that they are comfortable sharing, please do.

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5 years 1 week ago, 6:08 PM

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of collectors myself.as i am into ww2 and forword peaces..everything i do is on the up and up...if i can't get a bill of sale then there is no sale. I have my eye on a half track and a mini-trck, alot like the one that you see toward the end of "saving private ryan"..

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5 years 1 week ago, 8:32 PM

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ryo is little bit tire from working hard on ne project for design team and also for planning for adventure to the Tibetan Plateau in January of 2011, thru february of same sai.

your friend alway,

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5 years 1 week ago, 8:45 PM

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That is so cool LD

I always wanted to go there, beautiful area and home of the abominable snowman. So try to get his picture while you're there LOL

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Family pics with the Yeti are always fun!

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