A life-cycle cost (LCC) report for FY2011 released on November 8th by the Equipment Procurement and Construction Office (EPCO) of the Ministry of Defense (MoD) displayed an concept image of the Combat Firepower Vehicle (火力戦闘車) – a 155-mm (52 caliber) cannon on the back of a transport truck-style chassis. The vehicle, with a total length of under 12 meters, total width of under 2.5 meters, and a total height of under 3.8 meters (presumably with the gun down), will weigh under 25 metric tons with an estimated life-cycle cost (i.e. cumulative incurred over the entire lifetime of the vehicle from development to decommissioning) of ¥175.4 billion. This vehicle is expected to replace the FH-70 towed field howitzer by 2016. It is expected to begin development in the next fiscal year.
A former contributor to World Intelligence (Japan Military Review), James Simpson joined Japan Security Watch in 2011, migrating with his blog Defending Japan. He has a Masters in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University and is currently living in Kawasaki, Japan.
His primary interests include the so-called 'normalization' of Japanese security (i.e. militarization), and the political impact of the abduction issue with North Korea.
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