Thursday, May 31, 2012

Type 60 106mm Tank Destroyer



In the mid-1950s the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force contracted for one prototype from Komatsu (SS1) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (SS2) powered by a 110 hp six-cylinder diesel engine and fitted with two 105-millimeter (4.1 in) recoilless rifles. They were delivered in 1956. A second series of prototypes was built with 4 recoilless rifles, but adoption of the American M40 forced the reversion to two weapons. A third series of three prototypes was built by Komatsu as the SS4 that were heavier with a more powerful engine, a new transmission and clutch and a two-speed auxiliary transmission. They were accepted into service in September 1960.
Starting in 1974 a 150 hp Komatsu SA4D105 air-cooled, 4-cylinder diesel engine was fitted.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_60_Self-propelled_106_mm_Recoilless_Gun
http://www.militaryfactory.com/armor/detail.asp?armor_id=322

6 comments:

Tim Gow said...

What a lovely piece of kit! I knew you were a fan from my earlier post: http://megablitzandmore.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/6mm-modern-japanese-part-1-infantry.html

Don M said...

Well I got to ride on one during Orient Shield 87 in Kyushu Japan,
the thing is about the size of a Universal Carrier

Don M said...

Tim Gow said...
What a lovely piece of kit! I knew you were a fan from my earlier post: http://megablitzandmore.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/6mm-modern-japanese-part-1-infantry.html

This came back up due to my friend Vulture who lives in CAMBS, United Kingdom BTW,he put up an interesting link about a WWII German vehicle of similar type:
Panzerjäger Borgward B IVc Ausf m RPzB 54 :
http://vultureswargamingblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/panzerjager-borgward-b-ivc-ausf-m-rpzb.html

There really should be a Megablitz equivalent ...hint, hint!

Tim Gow said...

Don - I do (of course!) have a B IV in 20mm scale but since I only bought it about 15 years ago it hasn't been painted yet....

Don M said...

Tim Gow said...
Don - I do (of course!) have a B IV in 20mm scale but since I only bought it about 15 years ago it hasn't been painted yet....

Let us hope it this inspires some activity on that front....)

CHIC-HANDSOME said...

great week-end