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Type 99 155mm HSP (Self-Propelled Howitzer)

The new 155mm HSP (Self-Propelled Howitzer) will be delivered to division artillery regiments to shell enemy artillery units and to support Japanese combat units on the front line with its fire power. This new HSP is expected to replace the current Type-75 155mm HSP.

The most significant development for Japan's security in 2001 was the publication of the Defense White Paper, which defines Japan's current national-security environment and sets out the framework and goals for a new Mid-term Defense Program. The Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF), will continue its planned reduction to 166,000 personnel, but will acquire more mobile systems--e.g., light armored vehicles, light anti-tank missiles, additional Type 99 155mm self-propelled howitzers, Type 90 tanks, and MLRS launchers.

The 99-Type ammunition loading vehicle supports the Type 99 155mm HSP. It loads the ammunition and the like for the 99 type self-propelled 155mm howitzers.





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