By Andrew Moreton

Vehicle Missiles

Except for the Heavy tank and air defense vehicles missile launchers fire Type 32 or type 26 missiles


The Japanese heavy tank, it was built with the intent of matching or exceeding the capacity of the Manchurian Type-27 Tank. . It dates back to 2275 , it has had it’s electronics upgraded however there are no plans to replace the tank as the basic chassis is still sound. It is being supplemented in ILSDF Service by the Type 50 and the Type 81.

An articulated chassis is used and the rear Hull has a multirole VLS Missile system, replacing an infantry squad carried by the Model 1. The hull feature antipersonnel flechette charges for close in point defense and anti-infantry work this system can be placed under automated control however this is not popular with supporting Infantry forces.. The tank has a crew of 3 using advanced automated systems to coordinate secondary weapons fire. The vehicle is also equipped to link to UAV’S and carries 2 drones similar to the American whisper Drones

Weight 25,000kg
Armour Front 180, Overhead 120 Sidea 100, Suspension 20
Armament Main Turret. 300Mj Plasma cannon Aimed fire range 3000m Range Finder +4 ROF 2 Rounds carried 80 DP As Tamped explosion EP 65 CO-AX 25mm Cannon w/1000rds
Cupola MK-8 Triple Plasma Gun (see Kangeroo)(2000rds) used as an AA Weapon
Self-Defense Turrets (Front, Rear, left and right) with 12mm MG (2000rds) and 30 MW Plasma Gun (150 rds)
VLS System Cells for the carriage of 30 Missiles either AA or anti-Vehicle
Sensor range 30km (+3)
Max Speed 100 kph
Crusing speed 60 kph
Endurance 24 hrs


A lighter tracked tank intended to fill the roll played by the Hovertank in close terrain, such as the typical Japanese urban environment. This vehicle has similarities to the Type 77 Hovertank but has heavier armour is slower and has more extensive anti-infantry weapons reflecting the likelihood of close combat against infantry. This tank is a post Central Asian war design and has already almost replaced the type 45 tank, partly due to the reduced number in use . Some of the roles filled by the Type 45 of infantry support have been filled by the Type 81 and Combat walkers.

Reflecting the probability of urban fighting and having to engage infantry targets a Plasma weapon was accepted over the mass Drivers used by foreign tanks. The Type 50 does not carry any missiles as these would be of limited use in an urban environment and anyway the Infantry it is supporting will carry plenty of missiles.

The main armament is carried in a remote turret similar to that of the LZKPZ-IX, there are also auxiliary turrets on either side of the chassis carrying close in weapons. The remote turret has a high angle elevation capability allowing it to engage low level aerial targets on the upper level of buildings.

Weight 12,000kg
Armour Front 100, Overhead 80 Sidea 80, Suspension 12
Armement Main Turret. 200Mj Plasma cannon Aimed fire range 2000m Range Finder +2 ROF 3 Rounds carried 80 DP As Tamped explosion EP 35
Weapon/Sensor arm 25mm Cannon w/1000rds
Self-Defense Turrets ( left and right) with 12mm MG (2000rds) and 30 MW Plasma Gun (150 rds)
Sensor range 12km (+3)
Max Speed 120 kph
Crusing speed 75 kph
Endurance 12 hrs


Type 501 Armoured Recovery vehicle
A modified version without the main turret and fitted for towing and repairing tracked vehicles
Type 502 Armoured Engineer Vehicle
This version is equipped with Bulldozer blade, and other engineering equipment costing it is’s secondary armament. The Main Gun is kept for Bunker clearance and similar duties.


The Japanese Hovertank in service at the time of the Central Asian war, it is of the same generation as that of the AC-8 , it has design similarities with the LKPZ-VIII . Like foreign Hovertank’s it is armed with a Massdriver , originally it carried no missiles but after the Central Asian war was refitted with Missile tubes on the deck. In the Central Asian war the Japanese found the tank to be moderately successful , superior to the AC-8 . It has a traditional tank silhouette similar to the us M-9

Type Hovertank
Weight 7000kg
Armour Plenum 4 Front 12 Sides 8.
Armament Turret 6cm Mass Driver Gun. Aimed fire Range 1800m Range Finder +3 ROF 5 Rounds 120 DP 80
4 launch tubes for type 32 or 26 missiles external to turret
Pintle 12mm MG (1000rds)
Coaxial 12mm MG (1000Rds)
Signature 4
Evasion 7
Sensor range 10km
Max speed 220kph
Cruising speed 200kph
Endurance 15 Hours
Type 731 Armoured Recovery vehicle
Fitted for repair and recovery of damaged hover tanks


The Type 77 was designed to replace the type 73 after the Central Asian war. It was entering design trails at the start of the War of German reunification and was subsequently modified to take advantage of the lessons of the war. It resembles the LKPZ-1X and incorporates an internal missile launcher, the launcher is a revolver system allowing it to carry a mixed load of anti vehicle and AA missiles which can be selected based on the threat. There are 2 versions of this tank one armed with a Plasma cannon and the other with a Massdriver.

Type Hovertank
Weight 10000kg
Armour Plenum 20 Front 90 Sides 65.
Armament Turret 7cm Mass Driver Gun. Aimed fire Range 2000m Range Finder +3 ROF 5 Rounds 120 DP 90 OR 200Mj Plasma cannon Aimed fire range 2000m Range Finder +2 ROF 3 Rounds carried 80 DP As Tamped explosion EP 35
Coaxial 12mm MG (1000Rds)
2 5rd rotary missile magazines
Signature 3
Evasion 8
Sensor range 12km(+2)
Max speed 220kph
Cruising speed 200kph
Endurance 10 Hours


Built on the chassis of retired type 45 Medium tanks. The turret is removed and a Heavy Plasma gun mounted in a forward mount. A remote turret on an arm is fitted to look over cover and armed with a 25mm autocannon to kill infantry. The intention was to build a fairly low cost vehicle to take out enemy heavy tanks in street fighting by attacking from ambush. It is also used to destroy strong points with Point blank direct plasma fire.

Weight 12,000kg
Armour Front 150, Overhead 80 Sidea 80, Suspension 12
Armament Fixed Forward mount 300Mj Plasma cannon Aimed fire range 3000m Range Finder +2 ROF 2 Rounds carried 80 DP As Tamped explosion EP 65
Remote Arm 25mm Autocannon 800rds
Self-Defense Turrets ( left and right) with 25mm Autocannon with 800 rds

TYPE 82 Tracked Tank Destroyer

A relative of the Type 81, this version carries a heavy missile armament and is intended to act in support of the infantry launching missiles on Targets designated by the Infantry

As above however has 38 rd Revolver missile launchers


A fairly heavily armoured tracked vehicle built on a Type 45 chassis without any heavy weapons. It carriers an infantry squad , a turret with a light plasma cannon and a pair of automatic mortars for use in support of it’s infantry and be . The infantry debus via side doors , and it is not usually intended that the APC fight in support of the troops in the urban environment however it is armed in case it is necessary to extract the infantry under fire or if it is ambushed.

The majority of Japanese vehicle variants are based around the APC families rather than the more expensive tanks.

Type Tracked APC
Weight 10000kg
Armour Suspension 20 Front 100 Sides 60.
Armament 175 MW Plasma Gun with 45 shots Coaxial 12mm MG (1000Rds)
2 105 mm Mortars with 25 rd Magazines
Signature 4
Evasion 3
Sensor range 10km
Max speed 120kph
Cruising speed 75kph
Endurance 12 Hours
Carries a 10 man infantry Squad


Type 421 Armoured Ambulance
An unarmed variant with no weapons fitted , and with emergency medical facilities and fitted for the carrying of stretchers.
Type 422 MLRS Vehicle
Fitted with 2 12 box 15cm MLRS Rockets, it also carries a single reload for the rockets. The rockets are available with a wide range of warheads and guidance systems.
Type 423 Heavy Mortar vehicle
Designed to provide the High angle and high volume of fire which is useful for infantry in an urban environment this vehicle carries 2 autoloading 160mm Mortars and moderate supply of ammunition
Type 424 Air Defense vehicle
Equipped for Local air defense, it carries a rapid fire tri-barrel plasma gun and a 6 TYPE 30 SAM’s. It also has an improved sensor array.
Type 425 SP Howitzer
This vehicle has a 155mm Electromagnetic Howitzer .
Type 426 Armoured Cargo vehicle
Designed to carry ammo and other sensitive supplies to forward area’s
Type 427 Command vehicle
Fitted with computer and communication’s gear for command and control of a unit.
Type 428 MLRS Reload vehicle
Designed to rapidly reload MLRS Vehicles this vehicle carries reloads for MLRS .


A Faster and more lightly armed APC designed to operate with the Hover tanks . It carries a squad of troops, missiles and is armed with light weapons. It is not designed to operate in close support of the infantry and is not suitable for Sturmtactick style assaults. The Japanese are still debating the purchase of an APC for such operations.

Type Hover APC
Weight 4500kg
Armour Plenum 5 All faces 12
Armament 6 rd Revolving missile launcher, 25mm Autocannon in Turret with Co-ax 12mm Machine Gun
Signature 4
Evasion 7
Sensors 10km
Cargo 10 Passengers
Max Speed 220kph
Cruising speed 200kph
Endurance 18 hours


These are the same as the variants of the Type 42.
Type 441 Hover Ambulance
Type 442 MLRS Vehicle has 8 box MLRS
Type 443 Missile Support vehicle Carries 3 6rd Revolving missile launchers
Type 444 Air Defense vehicle As the tracked variant
Type 445 SP Howitzer
Type 446 Armoured Cargo vehicle
Type 447 Command vehicle

TYPE 46 Combat Walker Carrier

A version of the Type 44, it has had the weapons turret removed and the Combat walkers potrude slightly from the top. It is intended to carry combat walkers so that they can keep up with the infantry in their hover APC’s they are slow to debus from this vehicle and would be expected to do so before contact with the enemy.

As the type 44 but no Weapons and can carry 4 Combat Walkers


For all combat walkers Mod 1 is a hostile environment model, mod 2 is a Zero-G Model, Model 3 is a recent development for Airdropping . Japanese combat Walkers are Humanoid and visually are modeled on Samurai warriors. They show design influences of the BH-21 and Kz-7 Combat Walkers. The type 1 and Type 2 where early models in service during the central Asian war, here they where useful but a lack of firepower hindered them against Manchurian Combat Walkers.

The central Asian war also fixed the Japanese doctrine which calls for Combat Walkers to operate as infantry largely in difficult terrain and urban environments, they are considered unsuitable for open field actions against mechanized opponents .

All designs are basically similar with differing weapons particularly the backpacks, Weapons are carried in a backpack and also in Forearm mounts


Weight 400 kg (+weapons).
Crawl NA, Walk 15m Trot 30m Run 50m
Power supply duration 18 hours
Sensor range 8km +1
Signature 1
Armour value 10
Initiative Penalty -3


Equipped to fight enemy infantry it has A Laser Rifle/Designator in the Right Arm, A Gauss Lmg (2500rds) in the Left Arm and carriers a 30 MW Plasma Gun with 40 Shots in a backpack mount


Equipped to provide fire support to the Standard Walker It has the same arm mounts but carriees 2 automatic 30mm GL in the backpack with 4 90 rd magazines allowing a wide selection of rounds . The Grenade launchers are intended for use against infantry and to provide smoke screens, they are also capable of indirect fire.


Standard arm weapons, the backpack carries 8 Type 15 Air defense missiles


Standard Arm weapons and 8 Type 13 antivehicle missiles