Japanese Self-Defense Forces begin rearmament on new models of small arms weapons. According to the press service of the Japanese Ministry of Defense, on May 18, 2020, a presentation of the new rifle and pistol was held.
The Japanese military department has chosen a new rifle for arming the Self-Defense Forces. Reportedly, the Howa Machinery HOWA 5.56 rifle, officially named the Type 20, won the tender for new small arms. It will replace the Howa type 89 rifle in service with the Japanese army.
The new rifle was selected during the competition, which also involved the SCAR-L assault rifle manufactured by FN HERSTAL and HK416 from HECKLER & KOCH. After conducting practical tests, the Japanese Ministry of Defense opted for a domestic manufacturer. According to the plans of the military department, in 2020 the first batch of Type-20 rifles in the amount of 3283 pieces will be purchased. Further procurement plans are not reported.
In addition to the assault rifle, the Self-Defense Forces of Japan will receive a new self-loading pistol Heckler & Koch SFP9 with a trigger type trigger (the official designation for the VP9 pistol in Europe). It will replace the SIG 220 pistol manufactured by MinebeaMitsumi, which is in service with the Japanese army. The new pistol was recognized as the best during comparative tests, in which Glock 17 and APX from BERETTA also participated.
The Ministry of Defense plans to purchase the first batch of 323 Heckler & Koch SFP9 pistols this year.