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Komatsu Type 82 6x6 Wheeled Command and Control Vehicle (C2V)

The Mitsubishi Type 82 6x6 wheeled vehicle serves in the Command and Control role for the modern Japanese Army.

 Updated: 7/5/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

Command and Communications (or "C2") vehicles provide critical situational awareness for ground commanders and accompanying forces so most modern armies of the world field some form of the type. This is why, in the 1970s, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) authorities commissioned for such a vehicle. While both 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles were trialed, the 6x6 form was the preferred model. Further work resulted in the "Type 82" Command and Communications Vehicle which still serves the JGSDF today (2017).

The 6x6 wheeled nature of the design offers the needed cross-country mobility required of for the role. The road wheels selected are large and give excellent ground clearance. Atop the framework is a simple lightly-armored superstructure housing a standard operating crew of three. Defense is from a simple arrangement of 1 x 12.7mm heavy machine gun (later models offer a remote firing feature for this weapon) and 1 x 7.62mm medium machine gun. Dimensions include an overall length of 5.72 meters, a width of 2.48 meters and a height of 2.37 meters (sans the roof-mounted armament fit). Combat weight registers 13,500 kilograms.

Komatsu Type 82 Technical Specifications

Service Year: 1982
Type: 6x6 Wheeled Command and Control Vehicle (C2V)
National Origin: Japan
Manufacturer(s): Komatsu - Japan
Production: 231

Design (Crew Space, Dimensions, Weight, and Systems)

Operating Crew: 3
Length: 18.77 feet (5.72 meters)
Width: 8.14 feet (2.48 meters)
Height: 7.78 feet (2.37 meters)

Operating Weight: 15 tons (13,500 kg; 29,762 lb)

Nuclear / Biological / Chemical Protection: None.
Nightvision Equipment: Yes.

Installed Power and Standard Road Performance

Engine(s): 1 x Izuzu 10PBI liquid-cooled diesel-fueled engine developing 305 horsepower at 2,700rpm.

Maximum Road Speed: 62 mph (100 km/h)
Maximum Road Range: 311 miles (500 km)

Armament and Ammunition

1 x 12.7mm heavy machine gun on hull roof.
1 x 7.62mm machine gun on pintle-mount on hull roof.

500 x 12.7mm ammunition (estimated).
1,000 x 7.62mm ammunition (estimated).

Global Operators / Customers


Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

Type 82 - Base Series Designation.

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