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Type 87  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Total Production: 52
Also Known As: Sukaishuta
Origin: Japan
Corporations: Japan Steel Works and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries*   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Type 87
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Total Production: 52
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Description: The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Type 87, also known as Sukaishuta, is an armored, self-propelled anti-aircraft gun system based on Type 74's tracked chassis. The system is intended to provide short-range air defense against low altitude airborne targets such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries provided the chassis while Japan Steel Works is responsible for the twin L90 35mm coaxial anti-aircraft cannons. The JGSDF has fielded 52 Type 87 anti-aircraft gun systems at division level.

The Type 87 gun system comprises two cooled 35mm cannons mounted side by side on a rotating turret. The surveillance and tracking radars are also placed at the turret as well as the cannon's ammunition fed system, and the digital computer-based fire control system. The Type 87's armored chassis provides protection against small- to medium-caliber firearms and artillery shells. Externally, Japan's Type 87 looks like the German Army's Gepard mobile anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) system.

Type 87 Specifications

Crew: 3
Rolling Rubber Wheels: 5
Height: 4.40 meter
Length: 7.99 meter
Main Gun Caliber: 35 millimeter
Width: 3.18 meter
Power: 720 hp (537 kW)
Top Speed: 53 kph (14.7 mps)
Combat Weight: 38,000 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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