Date: 2016-01-09 The Source (author): www.military-today.com
The Type 75 armored dozer was developed to meet requirements of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force. Development commenced in 1964. Two prototypes were completed by Komatsu in 1972. In 1975 after extensive trials this armored dozer was accepted to service. It`s production is now complete but no replacement for this vehicle has been announced. Like all Japanese weapons this combat vehicle was never offered for export. This military engineering vehicle is intended for ground work, such as grading, digging and earthmoving operations. It can push large quantity of soil, sand or rubble. It can be also used to clear areas of obstacles and remains of structures. The dozer blade is operated hydraulically. It is controlled by the driver. In traveling order the dozer blade is to the rear. The Type 75 can carry out over 90% of the tasks of the Caterpillar D6 medium dozer, but is armored and has a much higher road speed. It enables it to keep pace with the convoy elements. Armor of this vehicle provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. This engineering vehicle can operate in battle zones. This engineering vehicle carries no defensive armament. The Type 75 has a crew of two, including driver and commander. Occupants enter and leave the vehicle via door on the right side, or roof hatches. The Type 75 armored bulldozer is powered by a turbocharged diesel engine. It develops 345 hp in traveling mode and 160 hp in the dozing mode. Engine compartment is protected by armor plates. During peacetime operation these armor plates are removed. A self-recovery winch can be fitted.
Specifications of the Type 75 Armored dozer
Entered service 1975 Crew 2 men Dimensions and weight Weight 19.2 t Length 6.84 m Width (traveling) 2.7 m Width (working) 3.45 m Height 2.79 m
Engine diesel Engine power 345 / 160 hp Maximum road speed 45 km/h
Gradient 60% Side slope 30% Vertical step ~ 0.5 m Trench ~ 1.8 m Fording 1 m
Date: 2016-01-09 The Source: www.military-today.com
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