Type 16 MCV (C5)

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Type 16 MCV (C5), Light Tank, Japan, Rank 7

Procurement of the Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle began in the fiscal year 2016, and deployment is ongoing nationwide in the Ground Self-Defense Force. With eight large-diameter tires, it achieves a top speed of approximately 100 km/h and is equipped with a domestically produced 105mm gun known for its accuracy. Serving as the core of the Rapid Deployment Regiment that rushes in promptly during emergencies, the Type 16 enhances its presence. Additionally, based on the feedback from personnel who have actually operated the Type 16, various modifications have been made during production. Particularly, vehicles manufactured in the fiscal year 2020 budget, marking the fifth year since procurement started, are referred to as C5. A notable feature is the air conditioning unit on the turret rear, which continues to be equipped from the previous C4 generation. Furthermore, to swiftly recover immobilized vehicles, the C5 type introduces a winch for towing for the first time.

Type 16 MCV Development History

The 16th Type Maneuver Combat Vehicle (MCV) is the first wheeled armored vehicle designed for substantial firepower support in the Ground Self-Defense Force. The focal point of its development was the Ground Equipment Research Institute of the Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI) within the Ministry of Defense, located in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture. During its development phase, the vehicle was simply referred to as the “Maneuver Combat Vehicle.”

Unlike previous contractors involved in the development of all wheeled armored vehicles for the Ground Self-Defense Force, the primary contractor for the prototype and production of the Maneuver Combat Vehicle was Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. This choice raised various speculations, with the vehicle being designed for anti-tank combat, and Mitsubishi’s extensive experience in tank development might have influenced the decision. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was responsible for the development of the vehicle’s body, while the ballistic steel plates constituting the body were developed by Mitsubishi Nagasaki Machinery Works.

Numerous domestic manufacturers were involved in the development of the Maneuver Combat Vehicle. Japan Steel Works handled the main gun, Mitsubishi Electric and NEC were responsible for the Fire Control System (FCS), Yokogawa Electric developed the ballistic computer, Nikon and Topcon provided optical equipment for observation and aiming, Fujifilm handled image processing, and Tamagawa Seiki was in charge of the gun stabilization system. The development of the Maneuver Combat Vehicle, initiated in 2001, took into consideration the global situation post the September 11 attacks in 2001, and it was classified as a new genre of Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) based on the outline of the defense plan formulated in 2004.

In a policy assessment report in 2006, the utilization of the vehicle was specified as follows: “Equipped in armored units, the Maneuver Combat Vehicle swiftly deploys with superior mobility, including transportability and on-road maneuverability, to address diverse situations. It is used to destroy enemy armored combat vehicles, including light tanks, through direct aiming shots in the medium-range area.” At that time, an initial budget of 2.6 billion yen was allocated, and the development completion was scheduled for the fiscal year 2013, with a total estimated cost of 17.1 billion yen.

In the following year’s policy assessment report (2007), the deployment destination was changed from armored units to combat units, and the total development cost was revised to 17.3 billion yen. The end of the testing period was extended to 2015. The full-fledged development of the vehicle began in the fiscal year 2007, transitioning from basic development in each department to system development in the fiscal year 2009. Prototypes of the turret and body began in 2009.

In 2010, the project moved to the prototype stage, with the production of the turret (mounted on a frame for shooting tests) and the body (for vibration tests without an engine or transmission) completed as part of Phase 1. In 2011, Phase 2 prototypes were produced, incorporating FCS, aiming devices, and drive mechanisms into the turret (Phase 2), and the body (Phase 2) was equipped with an engine, transmission, etc. The previously produced prototype gun was mounted on the body for shooting and stability tests during movement.

In 2012, Phase 3 prototypes of the turret system, body system, and a test gun mount were newly manufactured. In 2013, Phase 4 prototypes were produced, with the first vehicle unveiled to the media on October 9. Practical tests were conducted using the four prototype vehicles from 2014, and due to favorable results, formal standardization took place in the fiscal year 2016 as the “Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle,” with its adoption by the Ground Self-Defense Force confirmed. The procurement plan included 36 vehicles in the fiscal year 2016, 33 vehicles in 2017, and 18 vehicles in 2018.

The acquisition cost of the vehicle is approximately 720 million yen per unit, slightly higher compared to other armored vehicles in the same class, such as Italy’s B1 Centauro reconnaissance combat vehicle, South Africa’s Rooikat reconnaissance combat vehicle, and the United States’ Stryker MGS, which are around 500 million yen per unit. The Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle is prioritized for deployment in newly established Rapid Deployment Regiments, with plans to replace all tanks deployed in Honshu and Shikoku with this vehicle.

The differences between the Type 16 (C5) and the Type 16 in War Thunder (i believe to be a C1):

1) Air conditioning unit deployed on the turret rear, an upgrade from the previous C4 generation. Additionally, features a thin rectangular box behind the unit, serving as a case for cleaning rods.

2) This Type 16 MCV compensates for the reduced turret basket capacity caused by the air conditioning unit installation by installing fences on the turret's top surface to prevent cargo from falling off. Also note the additional changes such as GPS antenna lifted upward due to the installation of the fence. The shape of shackles also changed.

(Misspelled GPS for GPC!)

3) Tire lights are added below the vehicle on both side.

4) Installation of antenna guard for damage prevention.

5) Shape of the ladder has been changed.

6) Additional hooks for attaching camouflage nets.

(Used Tamiya models for comparison due to the lack of photo taken from this specific angle. The models on the left represents the C1 and on the right is C5).

The more unique version of the C5 is the Armoured Recovery Vehicle variant which is featured with a winch for towing. This subvariant is not very common.


Winch tested for the first time on MCV prototype No.4

(Hemp rope is used instead of wire rope only for demonstration. The rope is wrapped around the cover of the winch motor).

A distinctive feature of the vehicle with a winch device is the provision of a maintenance hatch on the top surface of the vehicle body. Tools such as a shovel have been relocated to this area.

(Used Tamiya models for comparison due to the lack of photo taken from this specific angle).

The winch body at the rear of the vehicle and the pulley that holds the wire extending towards the front of the vehicle. The wire is pulled from the storage compartment at the rear of the vehicle is aligned along the pulley on the top surface, with the tip set towards the front of the vehicle.

General specifications:

  • Hull Armor: 35/15/20

  • Turret Armor: 25/25/15
    (Excluding modular armor and internal armor)

  • Crew: 4 (Gunner, Loader, Commander and Driver)

  • Mass: 26 Tons

  • Engine: Inline 4-cylinder 4-stroke water-cooled turbocharged diesel engine 570 HP at 2100 RPM

  • Max Forward Speed: 100 KM/H

  • Max Reverse Speed: 36 KM/H

  • Main Armament: JSW L/52 105 mm

  • Secondary Armament: 1x Type 74 TMG & 1x M2 50. Cal

  • Ammunition:
    Type 93 APFSDS
    M735 APFSDS
    Type 91 HEAT-FS
    Type 75 HESH
    M416 Smoke
    (Based on the already existing MCV in the game)

Additional photos

Newly built MCV C5

The 3rd Rapid Deployment Regiment which is one of the recent units equipped with Type 16 MCV in 2021 so this unit is equipped with the lastest production Type 16 MCV!


16式機動戦闘車 GV-Y120003.pdf - Google Drive

『令和元年(2019年) 霞ヶ浦駐屯地記念行事 16式機動戦闘車』












16式機動戦闘車 - Wikipedia



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Translation for this picture from the PANZER magazine 2021.

The first Type 16 maneuver combat vehicle deployed in the 3rd Infantry Regiment. The regiment’s symbol is depicted on the turret’s side, but it will be redrawn with a new design after the reorganization of the 3rd Rapid Deployment Regiment by the end of March 2021. Depending on the manufacturing year, the Type 16 may undergo minor changes. Vehicles produced from 2020 onwards are equipped with air conditioning, with the exterior unit attached to the rear of the turret, resulting in smaller cargo racks. The racks are loaded with various items during exercises, improving interior livability but reducing payload capacity. Three GPS antennas are installed on the turret. Additionally, fasteners for camouflage netting are increased. The 2021 production models are referred to as C5 lots within the unit. Procurement has been ongoing, with 33 vehicles requested in the fiscal year of Reiwa 4, following an annual acquisition of 18-33 vehicles since Heisei 28.

Reiwa 4 = 2022.
Heisei 28 = 2016.


+1, yessir

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+1 Would love to see it.
But also, to differentiate it from the non-C5 variant…
Would it make sense for it to have a slightly higher BR and a lower reload time,
perhaps thanks to the air conditioning and improved interior livability?


So what would this offer in game over the existing version? A reskinned vehicle isn’t exactly the best or most urgent addition. If every production batch/block of every vehicle was worth adding to the game there’d be a thousand P-51s and a million T-55s lol.


What it will offer is another vehicle for 9.7 lineup! So people don’t have to spend backup everytime they die in the Type 16. The same reason why you have Type 74F, Type 90B and TKX, they are all the same tanks to their predecessors and what they offer is addtional backup.
It would also extending the TD branch and help in reducing the RP and SL costs on the regular Type 16 which is currently the end of the line.
Additionally it won’t be blocking you from researching another vehicle since there is nothing else past the Type 16. So instead of wasting RP from playing Type 16, why not adding another vehicle so you can spend those RP in researching it instead ? There is absolutely nothing to lose here…

But unless for some reason you’re really enjoying up BR the Type 74 to 9.7-10.7, then i guess you maybe not wanting another Type 16 to remain relevant and competitive.

I don’t know how you came to conclusion that this is a reskin when i spent lot of time explaining the differences between the base and newer MCV in the suggestion albeit minor changes, but modify to the model will be required regardless.

The Russia has a much larger diverse when it come to tank designs. Why would you want ‘‘million’’ of T-55 when there are million of other designs that can be added into the game otherwise ?
Beside, is not there like ‘‘million’’ of T-54/55 variants already in the game anyway ? While there is still only one Type 16 in the game so far.
Type 16 FPS doesn’t count because it is not a new variant but that is what a true reskinned vehicle looks like.
Type 16 (P) is not a Type 16 but a MCV prototype which is not a variant of the mass-produced model. But more MCVs in the game should also be considered.


That is a possibility. You can even add a new ammunition to it like the DM63 APFSDS since its JSW 105mm gun is competible with NATO munition. Consider how ammunition is used for balancing purpose i don’t see why it can’t be done.

But my initial idea is to have it folded with the base Type 16 so you can have a backup especially they moved the Type 16 to 9.7 making it impossible to build a proper lineup without up BR something into Type 16 lineup or up BR the Type 16 itself by placing it with the Type 90 and Type 10.

With Type 16 C5 you could have two 9.7 vehicles or three vehicles if you want to play it with the Type 81, which i think you should be doing fine at 10.0-11.0.


I’d appreciate having something like this, since the jump from the Type 74s at the 8.x / 9.x area to the Type 90 at 11.0 is a little jarring, and doesn’t allow for much in the way of lineups.


i would want this ingame if it has a dm63 similar round for 10.0 BR, also maybe a different turret face this time? like the one with triangular flat side on it. it looked cooler to me.

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I’m pretty sure you are talking about the MCV prototype, it is in other suggestion.

This is a service Type 16 which adopted arrowhead design.

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+1, if better penetrating NATO ammunition is added (DM63 etc) could be added this will be a great addition and also competitive alongside the current Type 90 lineup. Type 16 can perform amazingly at higher BRs if it was able to use a round with better penetration, and in my opinion is very much more balanced at a higher br with better apfsds

I remember Gaijin saying something about if the vehicles is capable of using such weaponry that it may have it in game. Something along those lines, not sure where I read it, I could be wrong and imagining things cuz idk where to find it lol sorry if im wrong. But yea.
+1 with NATO ammo available if can

it could get M1060A3 (Similar performance to DM/JM33) and a the M68A1 Reload speed and be put at 10.7/11.0 to be in a lineup with the Type 90

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given that all these differences are useless in warthunder, i just think C5 may only be a folded vehicles, and you said that it need make mode remake, i dont belive gaijin have time to do the mode remake to a cant C&P fold vehicles

Guys, we might have a solution here



A proposal about enhance power of MCV’s APFSDS round? the 徹甲彈 is the AP(FSDS) right?

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Hell yeah, as of rn no info about it but it’s confirmed that the contract has been signed and that it’s in developement

Some beutiful C5 in action.


Brand new Type 16 delievered to the 10th reconnaissance combat batalion.

It is said that the fire control computer also also been updated.