JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.101 July 2018

EQUIPMENT EQUIPMENT

Type 87 Reconnaissance and Patrol Vehicle and Reconnaissance Motorcycle

In this edition, we take a closer look at the Type 87 Reconnaissance and Patrol Vehicle and Reconnaissance Motorcycle.

Equipped with six wheel combat tires, the Type 87 Reconnaissance and Patrol Vehicle is generally used for on-road reconnaissance and combat duties. Featuring a 25mm cannon, it is also capable of fulfilling duties in response to armed threats.

The Reconnaissance Motorcycle can also be loaded onto UH-1 Helicopters or river crossing boats and is well-suited to reconnaissance missions on rough terrain that is inaccessible to other vehicles. In case of emergency or natural disaster, the motorcycle is one of the essential parts of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) for information-gathering activities.

Specifications

▶Type 87 Reconnaissance and Patrol Vehicle
  • ▷Length: approx. 6m
  • ▷Width: approx. 2.5m
  • ▷Weight: approx. 15t
  • ▷Engine: 305ps
  • ▷Max speed: approx. 100km/h
  • ▷Armor: 25mm cannon, 7.62mm machine gun
▶Reconnaissance Motorcycle
  • ▷Length: approx. 2.1m
  • ▷Width: approx. 1.2m
  • ▷Max speed: approx. 130km/h
  • ▷Weight: 154kg
  • ▷Rider: 1
Type 87 Reconnaissance and Patrol Vehicle and Reconnaissance Motorcycle
Type 87 Reconnaissance and Patrol Vehicle and Reconnaissance Motorcycle
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