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Type 99 155 mm self-propelled howitzer
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Type 99 of the JGSDF
Type Self-propelled artillery
Place of origin Japan
Service history
In service 1999
Production history
Manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries/Japan Steel Works
No. built 117
Specifications
Mass 40 tons
Width 3.2 m
Crew 4

Caliber 155 millimetres (6.1 in)
Traverse 360°
Rate of fire 6 rpm

Armor aluminum
Main
armament
1x Japan Steel Works, 155 mm L52 Artillery Gun
Secondary
armament
1x 12.7 mm M-2HB machine gun
Engine Mitsubishi 6SY31WA 6-cylinder diesel
600 bhp
Suspension torsion bar
Operational
range
300 km (185 mi)
Maximum speed 49.6 km/h

Type 99 155 mm self-propelled howitzer (99式自走155mm榴弾砲 , kyuu-kyuu-shiki-jisou-155mm-ryuudan-hou) is a self-propelled howitzer of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JSDF).

Overview

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. was the primary contractor, developing the main gun and the turret. The vehicle is powered by a diesel engine.

Type 99s are supplementary to the Type 75 155 mm self-propelled howitzer.

In a period of planned force reduction, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) planning calls for additional Type 99s.

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