War Thunder Type 87 ARV Specification Reviews – More than 100 prototypes of the Komatsu War Thunder Type 87 Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) was built for the Ground Self-Defense Force and became operational in 1987.
War Thunder Type 87 ARV Specification Reviews
|Year of development||1987|
|Top speed||100 kph (62 mph)|
|Max. range||500 km (311 miles)|
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – It was no surprise that the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force’s fleet, with its emphasis on mobility, consisted of Type 87 6x6s with fast-moving wheels and wheels.
These vehicles fulfilled the battlefield role of “armored reconnaissance” and were capable of performing critical reconnaissance, fire support, and convoy defense attacks as needed, either independently or as part of a fast-moving armored force.
The series was developed by Komatsu in 1983 and entered the testing phase in 1985. As the name implies, it entered service in 1987 and is still active in the Ground Self-Defense Force.
Mechanically, it shares vehicle parts with the six-wheeled Type 82 Command and Communication Vehicle (CCV), also developed by Komatsu, of which 231 units have been incorporated.
Overall, it was directly comparable to the Soviet-era BRDM-2 series of armored vehicles and the German “Luchs” VEC-M1 and Spahpanzer armored lines in terms of performance, defense, and light armor, and firepower.
Type 87 weighed 16.5 tons, was 6 meters long, 2.8 meters high, and 2.48 meters wide. The welded steel hull is sloped in all directions and is the keystone of the ship’s basic bulletproof performance, protecting passengers from small caliber shots and shells.
The slope of the glacis plate is good, with a relatively shallow hull topline and only a slight slope at the rear (against the starboard hull wall) where the engine room is located. There is a hinged access door on each side of the hull and a similar opening at the rear (this door is offset to port due to the location of the engine). The frame of the storage rack can be bolted to the rear wall of the machine. On the right side behind the belly is the exhaust engine.
The driver sits forward on the left side of the hull, with the radioman on the right, under the access armor hatch in the glacis plate with the thick sight block. The crew consists of a captain (on the turret, starboard side), a special gunner (on the turret, port side), and an observer (facing the rear of the hull, positioned on the port side).
At the front of the midship was a fully passable two-man power turret with an Oerlikon 25mm automatic gun and a Type 74 coaxial 7.62mm machine gun.
Four smoke grenade launchers were positioned on either side of the turret to provide protection from enemy fire if necessary.
It was powered by an Isuzu 10PBI series diesel engine (305 horsepower) and ran on three wheels and six wheels. The chassis has oversized wheels for excellent ground clearance, traction, and balance, and a power steering system to assist the driver during cornering.
Its performance is similar to that of other vehicles in its class and role on the battlefield, with a maximum driving speed of 100 km/h and a range of up to 500 km. The chassis is suspended by a coil spring system to provide the high-quality off-road driving required. Unlike the other types, Type 87 is not an amphibious vehicle.