Komatsu 25

Komatsu LAV
A Komatsu LAV parked at JASDF's Hamamatsu Air Base in central Japan. The roof-top shield has a provision for a machine gun.
TypeArmoured Scout Car
Place of originJapan
Service history
In service2002-present
Used byJapan
WarsIraq War
Production history
Designed1997[1]
ManufacturerKomatsu
Unit cost¥30 Million[2]
Produced1997-2019
No. built1889 (2015)
Specifications
Mass4500 kg
Length4.4 m
Width2.04 m
Height1.85 m
Crew4+1 (MG or ATGM gunner)
Can mount the Sumitomo M249 LMG or Sumitomo M2HB 12.7mm machine gun.
Secondary
armament
Type 01 LMAT or a Kawasaki Type 87 anti-tank missile.
Engine4-cylinder diesel
160 hp
Suspension4x4 wheeled
500 km
Maximum speed 100 km/h (Speeds can exceed 70mph)

The Komatsu light armored vehicle (Japanese: 軽装甲機動車; (kei-sōkō-kidōsha) is a Japanese military vehicle first produced in 2002. Currently used exclusively by the Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF), it has seen use in the Iraq War.[3] It is built by Komatsu Ltd. Defense Systems Division in Komatsu, Ishikawa, Japan.[4] Komatsu's factory designator for the vehicle is KU50W.[5]

Komatsu is a general machine maker presenting business about construction, the mine machines such as an excavating equipment or the bulldozer, a forklift trucks, the industrial equipment in global. 2018 Komatsu FG25ST-16, 83/188' Triple Mast, 5000lb Capacity, LPG, Treaded Cushion Tires, 783 Hours, Side Shift, 42' Forks, New Paint, Recently Inspec. The Komatsu D475A is the second largest bulldozer in the Komatsu line after the D575A, the world's largest production bulldozer. The current version is the 238,960 pounds (108,390 kg), 899 horsepower (670 kW) D475A-5 Tier 2.

Art of noise paranoimia. The exterior resembles the Panhard VBL, used by the French army, but the LAV has 4 doors and a large cabin for carrying soldiers. The LAV can also be transported by air in vehicles like the CH-47J and the C-130H.[3][6]

History[edit]

A Komatsu LAV with Japanese Iraq Reconstruction and Support Group markings in Samawa.
Komatsu LAV during demonstration in Yokosuka 2017

The Komatsu LAV was developed in 1997 to meet a JGSDF need for an armored wheeled vehicle that could provide armored protection since their Toyota High Mobility Vehicles and Mitsubishi Type 73 Light Trucks were not adequate to provide protection from small arms fire.[1] They were initially created with the concept of a potential Soviet invasion during the Cold War before they were relegated to anti-terrorist/invasion operations.[7]

It had made its first appearance in Kuwait when JGSDF units had deployed the Komatsu LAV prior to humanitarian operations in Samawah, a city in Iraq, 280 km (174 mi) southeast of Baghdad.[8][9] An initial 400 LAVs were brought into JGSDF service in March 2005.[8] JASDF base security units are also equipped with the LAV as a main vehicle for patrols.[10]

In February 2019, Komatsu announced it will no longer develop new models of the LAV, citing high cost in developing a new model and low profit return.[11]

Variants[edit]

No variants are known to be available, but the vehicle appears to have been built in at least three production models, namely KU50W-0002K, KU50W-0003K and KU50W-0005K.[5]

Design[edit]

Komatsu LAVs used by the JGSDF in a military parade. Note the split-type roof hatches and the machine gun shield.

The Komatsu LAV has open-split roof hatch of the vehicle provides additional protection to the gunner from all directions, if it is locked in an upright position.[2][3] The vehicles deployed in Iraq are fitted with reinforced bulletproof windshields, wire cutters and an armoured tub around the gun mount for extra protection.[2][3]

According to reports, the vehicle is bulletproof against 5.56 and 7.62 bullets.[2][3] It is unknown whether other bullet calibers can easily penetrate the LAV or not.

For the LAV's engine, it is fitted with a liquid cooled 4-cycle diesel engine of 160 hp.[3] The power pack is mounted centre forward of the vehicle to distribute weight more evenly between the axles. The propulsion system provides a top speed of 100 km/h, traveling more than 200 miles without refueling.[3][12] It is fitted with all run-flat tires. The low turning radius allows the vehicle to negotiate narrow passages.

The Komatsu LAV can be armed with the Sumitomo M249 LMG or Sumitomo M2HB 12.7mm machine gun for anti-personnel duties.[6] It can also mount the Type 01 LMAT or a Kawasaki Type 87 anti-tank missile for anti-armored missions. Smoke grenade dischargers can be mounted on the rear sides of the vehicle.[6]

Operators[edit]

  • Japan[9]

See also[edit]

  • Otokar Cobra of Turkey
  • Véhicule Blindé Léger of France

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ ab'Tamiya's Komatsu LAV Page'. Tamiya. Archived from the original on 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  2. ^ abcd軽装甲機動車 (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2013-06-15.
  3. ^ abcdefg'Komatsu LAV (Light Armoured Vehicle), Japan'. Army Technology. Archived from the original on 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  4. ^'Komatsu Production Page'. Komatsu. Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  5. ^ ab'Komatsu LAV Prototype' (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  6. ^ abc軽装甲機動車 (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  7. ^'Protected mobility- VEHICLES SLOW TO ACCELERATE IN ASIA'. Defence Review Asia. 2012-12-20. Archived from the original on 2013-06-14. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  8. ^ abNoah Shachtman (2007-03-19). 'Japan's slick armored vehicle'. Archived from the original on 2007-12-02. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  9. ^ ab軽装甲機動車 (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2013-06-14. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  10. ^ミリパワ的おもめず航空自衛隊 基地警備部隊車両編 (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2013-06-15.
  11. ^Takahashi, Kosuke (21 February 2019). 'Komatsu to stop developing LAV for JGSDF'. Jane's 360. Archived from the original on 2019-02-22. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  12. ^'軽装甲機動車 略称:LAV愛称:ライトアーマー' (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2012-10-25.

References[edit]

  • Kenkyusha's New Japanese-English Dictionary, Kenkyusha Limited, Tokyo 1991, ISBN4-7674-2015-6

External links[edit]

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Komatsu D475A
TypeBulldozer/ripper
ManufacturerKomatsu Ltd.
Production1986-present
Length37 feet 11 inches (11.56 m)
Width17 feet 3 inches (5.26 m) (width of standard blade)
Height15 feet 3 inches (4.65 m)
Weight238,960 pounds (108,390 kg)
PropulsionTracks

The Komatsu D475A is the second largest bulldozer in the Komatsu line after the D575A, the world's largest production bulldozer.[1] The current version is the 238,960 pounds (108,390 kg), 899 horsepower (670 kW) D475A-5 Tier 2.[2] There are several versions of the D475A that are used in surface mining, open-pit mining, quarries and construction worldwide.

Komatsu 250

The 740 horsepower (550 kW) D475A-1 was introduced in 1986 as a replacement for the 650 horsepower (480 kW) D455A.

Komatsu 25 Lpg Forklift Fuel Diagram

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^Arabe 2001.
  2. ^Komatsu America Corp. - Equipment - D475A-5 Tier 2 2010.
Komatsu 25
  • Arabe, Katrina C. (2001-02-01). 'No Bull About It: The World's Largest Dozer'. ThomasNet News Industry Market Trends. Thomas Publishing Company. Archived from the original on 2010-10-25. Retrieved 2010-10-24. ..the Komatsu D575A is unquestionably the world's largest and most powerful bulldozer.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  • 'Komatsu America Corp. - Equipment - D475A-5 Tier 2'. komatsuamerica.com. Komatsu America Corp. 2010. Archived from the original on October 26, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-24. SAE J1349 899 HP 671 kWCS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Komatsu 25 Service Manual

External links[edit]

  • Komatsu America Corp. D475A-5 Tier 2 product page (archived on 2010-10-26)
  • Komatsu D475A-5 With Tier 2 Engine Product Brochure AESS724-00 04/06 (EV-1) (archived on 2010-10-26)
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