In the early 2000s, Japan decided to update its tank force to better prepare for 21st Century warfare. Main battle tanks (MBTs) are an important asset of any self-respecting military ground force, regardless of the scope of its mission. One of the most important requirements for any new tank is the capability of having C4I (Command, Control, Communication and Computing) system. After assessing the upgrade potential of current Type 74 and Type 90 main battle tanks, the Ministry of Defense concluded that there was not enough internal space for C4I system upgrade.
Therefore, the development of a new main battle tank capable of various future battle missions was necessary. That’s where Japanese ingenuity and expertise came to play. This video introduces the Type 10 main battle tank. A 4th generation main battle tank produced by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force. Compared with other currently-serving main battle tanks in the JGSDF, the Type 10 has been equipped with enhancements in its C4I system, as well as the capability to respond to anti-tank warfare and other contingencies. Japanese MBT, like the Type 61, Type 74, Type 90, and now the Type 10 tanks, are considered more than capable of turning the tanks of Japan’s potential adversaries into smoldering scrap. An interesting and remarkable fact is that each of these designs bear little in common with previous versions.