Type 74 105 mm self-propelled howitzer

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Type 74 105 mm self-propelled howitzer
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Type 74 105 mm self-propelled howitzer
TypeSelf-propelled howitzer
Place of originJapan
Service history
In service1975 - present
Used byJapan
Production history
Designed1969-1974
Produced1975-1978
No. built20
Specifications
Mass16,500 kilograms (16.2 long tons; 18.2 short tons)
Length5.8 metres (20 ft)
Width2.9 metres (9 ft 6 in)
Height2.39 metres (7 ft 10 in)
Crew4

Shellseparate-loading
Caliber105 millimetres (4.1 in)
Traverse360°
Muzzle velocity645 m/s (2,120 ft/s)
Maximum firing range14.5 kilometres (9 mi)

Armoraluminum
Main
armament
1x 105 mm JSW howitzer
Secondary
armament
1x 12.7 mm M-2HB machine gun
EngineMitsubishi 4ZF 4-cylinder diesel
300 brake horsepower (220 kW)
Power/weight18.4 hp/t
Transmissionmanual
Suspensiontorsion bar
Ground clearance40 centimetres (16 in)
Fuel capacity410 litres (110 US gal)
Operational
range
300 km (185 mi)
Maximum speed 50 kilometres per hour (31 mph)

Type 74 105 mm self-propelled howitzer (74式自走105mm榴弾砲, nana-shi-shiki-jisou-105mm-ryuudan-hou) is an armored artillery vehicle used by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF).[1]

History[change | change source]

Komatsu developed the chassis; and Japan Steel Works made the turret.[2]

The howitzer was accepted for service or "standardised" in 1974.[2]

Type 74s are used by the 2nd Artillery Regiment at Asahikawa, Hokkaido.[2]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Chant, Christopher. A Compendium of Armaments and Military Hardware, p. 76; Jane's Armour and Artillery 2008, Type 74 105 mm self-propelled howitzer (Japan), Self-propelled guns and howitzers (tracked); retrieved 2012-2-22.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 ArmyGuide, "Type 74 self-propelled howitzer"; retrieved 2012-2-22.

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