Type16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle/16式機動戦闘車

The Type16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle was developed as a wheeled fighting vehicle with the mobility, firepower, protection, and command and control functions necessary for short deployment and leading combat missions in island combat and guerrilla response, and was equipped in 2016.
The main gun is a JSW modified version of the British 105mm L7 gun with reduced recoil.With its 570 hp 4VA engine, it can reach a top speed of 100 km/h. Its light weight of 26 tons allows it to be transported by air on a C-2 transport plane.
By the end of FY2022, 197 vehicles have been acquired, and a total of 260 vehicles will be procured.



◎Main gun:L52 105mm Rifled Gun
◎Coaxial machine gun:Type 74 7.62mm machine gun
◎machine gun:M2HB 12.7mm machine gun

◎Engine:Mitsubishi 4VA 570hp 4-cycle water-cooled diesel engine
・Size: length 1.16m, width 0.89m, height 0.88m
・Dry weight: 1240kg
・Displacement: 11.3 liters


The 4VA engine mounted on the Type16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle is a water-cooled in-line 4-cylinder engine, which was developed in-house by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. to accommodate the low silhouette of the Combat vehicle, adopting a design in which the cylinder is tilted 45° to suppress the overall height of the engine, similar to the Type10 tank 8VA engine, a 90° V-type engine. In developing the engine, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. In developing the engine, many components, such as the cylinder head and piston, were shared with the Type10 8VA engine to reduce acquisition, supply, and maintenance costs, and to ensure a stable supply over a long period of time without model changes, thereby reducing life cycle costs.
The engine is a device for generating power that is the source of mobility of a combat vehicle, and the Type16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle required a compact, lightweight, high-power engine with high power density to meet the strategic mobility performance and battlefield mobility performance requirements. To meet these requirements, the Type16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle engine (4VA engine) employs variable technologies (variable nozzle exhaust turbo turbocharger and electronically controlled unit injector) to achieve both high speed and low to medium speed engine performance, a technical challenge associated with high power density.
The 4VA engine uses a variable nozzle exhaust turbocharger with a variable turbine nozzle, which enables the turbine nozzle opening to be changed according to the engine speed. The variable nozzle exhaust turbocharger enables the nozzle to be closed at low engine speeds where exhaust gas flow is low and opened at high engine speeds where exhaust gas flow is high, thereby improving power output (low-speed torque) in the mid-low speed range and fuel economy in the high speed range without discarding engine exhaust energy.

◎Transmission:Planetary gear automatic transmission with torque converter - forward 6 speed. Rearward 1 speed
◎Chassis 8x8
◎Max Speed:~100km/h



◎8x 76mm Smoke Granades
◎Laser Rangefineder
◎2x AN/AVR-2 Laser Warning Receiver

◎It is possible to lock on to a target and automatically take deviation

◎Commander:Thermal Imager
◎Gunner:Thermal Imager
◎Driver: Thermal Imager

I will introduce Type16 proto type in the order in which they appeared.

Prototype Phase Ⅰ/試作(その1) 射撃安定性の目処付け
Hull #1
This hull was manufactured to investigate the recoil of gunfire and is not powered, so it cannot run.

Prototype Phase Ⅱ/試作(その2) 構成要素の確立
Hull #2+Turret #1 or Hull #2+Turret #2
This vehicle to be powered and ready to run, it was equipped with two types of turrets and tested.
The gunner’s sights and the commander gunner’s sights are adapted from those mounted on Type 10 tanks


Prototype Phase Ⅲ/試作(その3) サブシステムの確立
Prototype 99-0292

Prototype Phase Ⅳ/試作(その4) 車両システムの適正化
Prototype #1 99-0299

Prototype #2 99-0300
winch is available.

Prototype #3 99-0292
This vehicle is a refurbished Prototype Phase Ⅲ vehicle

Prototype #4 99-0291

practical test
Practical Test Vehicle/実用試験車 25-4202
RWS is tested and infantry can be boarded in the rear

Photo by https://twitter.com/kusurou_

Air-conditioned cars were introduced in lot C4, and cars with winches in lot C5

derived type
Common Tactical Vehicle

Bug report list


Not applied
・engine position(Gaijin.net // Issues)
・driver thermal imaging camera(Gaijin.net // Issues)
・Type16 engines are reversed front and rear.(Gaijin.net // Issues)
・driver camera cover(Gaijin.net // Issues)
・4VA engine model(Gaijin.net // Issues)

◎Web Sources
16式機動戦闘車 - Wikipedia
◎JGSDF Specifications
・GV-Y120003 16式機動戦闘車
(from https://twitter.com/Military_Hobbys)
・防衛産業委員会特報 290 16式機動戦闘車

This article is still incomplete. Please contact @tanuki10 if you would like me to add anything or if you need any corrections.


Awesome work on listing the prototypes hope to see them all one day.


Extended storage?


I noticed this in the old forum, and wondered if there was any additional information about this, or if its even legit

its real and since the Type 16s hull is from the same one shown in those pics only slightly modified ofc it might be possible for the Type 16 to use that package. and if not at least the new IFV and RCV can use it since it’s the exact same hull.



Documents released by the Ministry of Defense have confirmed that the armor of Prototype 99-0291 of the Type 16MCV is the Increased Armor Type III.


Can we realistically expect this upgraded type 16 to be added?

That or maybe a separate vehicle using this package


What kind of armor is that? Era?

Yeah that is what we need to find out lol some kind of ERA or composite blocks idk tbh.