Japanese Self-Defense Forces Continue Implementing Major Combat Replacement Program tanks on wheeled tank destroyers. According to the portal defense-blog.com, the Japanese military intends to purchase 33 units of new machines, called Type 16, by the end of this year.
The plans for the restructuring of the tank fleet of the Self-Defense Forces of Japan were reported back in 2014. According to the plans of the military, the available fleet of main battle tanks, designed to repel the advance of the Soviet army, is now outdated and no longer corresponds to modern realities. At present, the threat vector has shifted from the Russian direction to the Chinese one; tanks have been proposed to be replaced with lighter wheeled vehicles.
In the framework of the program called MCV (Maneuver Combat Vehicle), which started back in 2008, a wheeled combat vehicle with a 105 mm Type 16 gun was developed. According to available information, the armored vehicle has a smaller mass compared to MBT, which allows them to be transferred from using transport aviation. Wheel formula 8X8, power reserve of 400 km, speed - 100 km / h. Armament - a 105-mm caliber gun and two machine guns. It was also previously reported that the gun does not have an automatic loader, so the crew has been increased to 4 people.
In total, according to the plans of the Ministry of Defense of Japan, during the reform until 2026, 300 new Type 16 tank destroyers will be delivered to the troops, while 740 available tanks will be withdrawn from service.