Komatsu LAV - Type 87 On-Board Firing

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Komatsu LAV - Type 87 On-Board Firing


Hi and welcome to my 33th suggestion, which, with a few requests, is about the Komatsu LAV with Type 87 ATGM, hope you like it. :popcorn:

Komatsu LAV with Type 01 LMAT:

First of all:

  • This is a suggestion for a Vehicle we could see in game at some point in the Future , that doesn´t mean next Patch or somewhere in the near Future
  • Feel free to share more Information and / or correct me if something is wrong
  • Discuss respectfully, any aggressive kind or verbal abuse will be reported, the Forum rules also apply here


  • The only known Komatsu LAV picture with Type 87 ATGM

Basic Background

The “small armored vehicle,” developed by Komatsu Seisakusho for the Ground Self-Defense Force, is a new type of wheeled armored vehicle designed to operate in groups of 2 to 3 vehicles as a rifle team. The vehicle went through a development process from 1997 to 1999, including prototypes and technical tests conducted by the Ministry of Defense Technology Research Headquarters. It was approved in 2000 after passing practical tests for mobility and bulletproof performance. The vehicle, also known as “Light Armored Vehicle: LAV” or “Light Armor,” has been in service since 2002. It comes with a cost of approximately 30 million yen and has dimensions of 4.40m length, 2.04m width, and 1.85m height. The vehicle weighs 4.5t and can reach a maximum speed of 100 km/h with a range of 500 km. Its crew capacity is four people, and it is equipped with an Isuzu water-cooled in-line 4-cylinder diesel engine producing 160 hp. The armor protection consists of rolled steel plates and bulletproof glass, using high-strength steel plates for civilian use. The vehicle can be armed with either a 5.56 MINIMI LMG or a 12.7 M2 HMG, and it has smoke dischargers on each side. The manufacturer of this vehicle is Komatsu Ltd.
By the way , there is no "Type __ " in the name, which is the number that is usually given to a vehicle based on the year it was addopted.
It is also abbreviated as " Light Armored Vehicle: LAV " and has the official nickname of the Ground Self-Defense Force, Light Armor 陸上自衛隊、ライトアーマー.

The Komatsu LAV (Type 87) Overall

With a length of 4.40 meters, a width of 2.04 meters, and an overall height of 1.85 meters, this agile vehicle strikes the perfect balance between mobility and compactness. Weighing 4.5 tons, it ensures swift movement without compromising on durability.
Powered by an Isuzu water-cooled in-line 4-cylinder diesel engine, boasting an output of 160 horsepower, this armored vehicle delivers the performance needed for various missions. It can reach an impressive maximum speed of 100 km/h and cover a range of 500 km, making it ideal for both urban and off-road operations.
The vehicle’s protective features include a welded structure of rolled steel plates, ensuring robust armor capable of withstanding hostile environments. While it utilizes high-strength steel plates for civilian use, rest assured that this armor is of top-notch quality, providing enhanced defense for its crew.
The light armored vehicle accommodates a crew of 4 people, making it a reliable and efficient asset for various tactical scenarios. It is armed with either a 5.56 MINIMI LMG or a 12.7 M2 HMG, the latter boasting a custom gun mount for improved accuracy and firepower. Additionally, it can be equipped with 8 smoke dischargers on each side, enhancing its tactical capabilities on the battlefield.
The vehicle’s reliability, cost-effectiveness, and adaptability have made it a trusted choice for military and security forces. Whether on reconnaissance missions or engaging in combat situations, this light armored vehicle excels in diverse operational environments, providing the necessary support for its crew and enhancing overall mission success.


The Type 87 Anti-Tank Guided-Missile

The primary armament in use is the Type 87 Anti-Tank Guided Missile, also referred to as the Type 87 Chu-MAT, ATM-3, or colloquially as the “Tank Buster” (タンクバスター). Its development traces back to the late 1970s, around 1976-1978, as a successor to the perceived shortcomings of the Type 64 ATGM—deemed sluggish and cumbersome. The missile underwent testing in 1982 and was officially integrated into service in 1989, marking a noteworthy advancement in anti-tank capabilities for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF).
Diverging from the Type 64, the Type 87 employs laser guidance instead of wire guidance, enhancing its precision and efficacy on the battlefield. The system comprises a missile launcher and a laser designator, both affixed to a tripod. Unlike its predecessor, the missile launcher is handheld and fired directly by the operator, allowing for increased adaptability in various scenarios.
Operational deployment necessitates a three-person crew, with one managing missile launch, another handling aiming duties, and a third in charge of the reloading process. This collaborative approach is designed to ensure seamless execution during engagements, underscoring the practicality of the system.
Key specifications of the Type 87 Anti-Tank Guided Missile encompass a maximum range of 2000 meters, achieving a respectable speed of 250 meters per second. The missile itself boasts a diameter of 110 mm, with a total length of 1063 mm and a weight of 12 kg. These specifications contribute to the system’s capacity to effectively engage and neutralize armored threats in diverse combat scenarios.


Thanks for your time, hope you liked it :salute:
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Equipped with a night vision sighting device.

There is one thing that i’m wondering, doesn’t the Type 87 also required a laser illuminator device for missile guiding ?

The one carried on the LAV seems to only had the launcher and missile tube.

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" レーザー誘導方式で発射基とレーザー照射機および暗視装置に分かれる。"
The System is divided into a launcher, laser irradiator, and night vision device.

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Type87 Thermal sight