The Japanese Type 75 MLRS

The Japanese Type 75 MLRS

The Japanese Type 75 MLRS (Multiple Launcher Rocket System) was developed to carry the 130mm rocket system developed by the Aerospace Division of the Nissan Motor Company. It used the suspension, tracks and diesel engine of the Type 73 Armoured Personnel Carrier. Komatsu was responsible for the chassis and IHI Aerospace, as Nissan’s Aerospace Division has since been renamed, for the launcher and its rockets. 15 Type 75 wind measurement vehicles were built on the same chassis to provide weather information for the rockets.

As of 2001 Japan reported to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs that 61 Type 75s were in service as well as 13 wind measurement vehicles. It is being gradually replaced by American designed license-built 227 mm M-270 Multiple Rocket Launch System. According to Jane’s only about 20 are left in service as of 2008.

The Japanese Type 75 MLRS

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