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Common Tactical Wheeled Vehicle - RCV:Successor to 87RCV


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  1. 1. 1. Should the Common Tactical Wheeled Vehicle - RCV be added to War Thunder?

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Description :The Common Tactical Wheeled Vehicle [Reconnaissance and Combat Vehicle] is a vehicle that is being studied to replace the Type 87 Reconnaissance and Warning Vehicle, which was formalized in 1987.
It is referred to as the Reconnaissance and Combat Vehicle (RCV) in the following.
The RCV has its roots in an 8x8 armored vehicle developed by Mitsubishi called the MAV.
Six derivatives of the Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle (16MCV), built on the MAV, were planned. These were called the Common Tactical Armored Vehicle, and included the Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV), Reconnaissance Combat Vehicle (RCV), Maneuver Morter Combat Veheicle (MMCV), Mobile Armored Vehicle (MPV), Medevac (MEV), and Mobile Combat Command Vehicle (CV), all but the ICV, RCV and MMCV were discontinued (The MPV,MEV,CV was incorporated into the next armored car project and fought the Patria AMV. And the Patria AMV was adopted.)(MEV and CV were not manufactured)
The main gun is the 30mm Mk.44 Bushmaster II, and the coaxial machine gun is the 7.62mm Mk.52 chain gun.
Unlike ICVs, RCVs are manned turrets and Commander . Gunner in the turret, . Driver .observer. scout is located in the hull.
The RCV is equipped with eight 76mm smoke cartridges and has two laser warning receivers (LWS) for 180° forward coverage.
The vehicle is currently undergoing testing, but if adopted, it will be deployed in reconnaissance combat battalions throughout Japan and contribute to Japan's national defense capabilities.



 ◎Reconnaissance and Combat Vehicle



 ◎Main gun: 30mm Mk.44 Bushmaster II 200rds/min

   ・Mk 268 APFSDS-T
   ・Mk 266 HEI-T/SD
   ・MK 239 TP-T
  ・Modes of Fire
 ◎Coaxial machine gun: 7.62mm Mk.52 Bushmaster 500-600rds/min
 ◎Engine: Mitsubishi 4VA 570hp-4-cycle water-cooled diesel engine

  ・Size: length 1.16m, width 0.89m, height 0.88m

  ・Dry weight: 1240kg

  ・Displacement: 11.3 liters


The 4VA engine mounted on the Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle is a water-cooled in-line 4-cylinder engine, which was developed in-house by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. to accommodate the low silhouette of the Combat vehicle, adopting a design in which the cylinder is tilted 45° to suppress the overall height of the engine, similar to the Type 10 tank 8VA engine, a 90° V-type engine. In developing the engine, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. In developing the engine, many components, such as the cylinder head and piston, were shared with the Type 10 8VA engine to reduce acquisition, supply, and maintenance costs, and to ensure a stable supply over a long period of time without model changes, thereby reducing life cycle costs.

The engine is a device for generating power that is the source of mobility of a combat vehicle, and the Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle required a compact, lightweight, high-power engine with high power density to meet the strategic mobility performance and battlefield mobility performance requirements. To meet these requirements, the Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle engine (4VA engine) employs variable technologies (variable nozzle exhaust turbo turbocharger and electronically controlled unit injector) to achieve both high speed and low to medium speed engine performance, a technical challenge associated with high power density.

The 4VA engine uses a variable nozzle exhaust turbocharger with a variable turbine nozzle, which enables the turbine nozzle opening to be changed according to the engine speed. The variable nozzle exhaust turbocharger enables the nozzle to be closed at low engine speeds where exhaust gas flow is low and opened at high engine speeds where exhaust gas flow is high, thereby improving power output (low-speed torque) in the mid-low speed range and fuel economy in the high speed range without discarding engine exhaust energy.4VA.png.9ed520b735b1e4eed2ea0ce42c9c4d82 1655540241_8VA4VA.png.9ef170dcbcccefc7f5 pr6.png.22b522309000412071d5225e6d2654d5

 ◎Transmission:Planetary gear automatic transmission with torque converter - forward 6 speed. Rearward 1 speed
 ◎Chassis 8x8
 ◎Max Speed:~100km/h
 ◎Height:2870mm (excluding reconnaissance mast)
・Crew: 5x
 ◎8x 76mm Smoke Granades
 ◎Laser Rangefineder
 ◎2x Laser Warning Receiver
 ◎Telescopic mast for reconnaissance

  ・Capable of 360° full circumferential rotation

  ・Camera elevation angle -20° to 30°

  ・Laser Rangefineder



  ・It is possible to lock on to a target and automatically take deviation


The sighting operation is the most important part of the man-machine interface in a series of firing operations, and the accuracy of the equipment and the operation of the crew who maneuvers the gun have a great impact on the firing system. As mentioned above, until the Type 90 tank, aiming was done by looking through an optical periscope, which was largely dependent on the skill of a skilled crew member; the Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle uses a remote sighting device, which greatly improves the maneuverability of the aiming operation. The so-called "lock-on" function, which allows the user to specify the target to be tracked using a touch panel, is also available.

Generally, it is very difficult to get a direct hit in marching fire, in which vehicles fire while moving, and even in general tank operations, firing from a standstill is the basic method. In order to achieve high accuracy in marching fire, Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle are equipped with an automatic tracking function consisting of a "tracking system" and a "aiming system.

The tracking system is a system that calculates the tracking point based on the image from the sighting sighting device. The tracking system for Type 90 tanks was hot points (concentrated areas of vehicle heat sources) utilizing infrared images. However, with the development of high-definition technology for visible images using visible cameras, Type 10 tanks have a tracking function that includes vehicle shape in addition to hot points, ensuring high tracking performance.

To fire the large-caliber firearms mounted on Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle, the gunner aims at the target with the sighting device, and the shell is fired from the firearm linked to the sighting device. The shell fired from the firearm depicts a parabolic trajectory, which varies with the firing distance and is affected by weather conditions (wind, temperature, atmospheric pressure), vehicle conditions (tilt, inertia during travel), target movement, and other factors. Therefore, in order to obtain a hit bullet, it is necessary to determine the amount of modification of the firearm parameters, such as direction and angle of fire, based on these influencing factors, and to shift the firearm by the amount of modification relative to the sighting device. The mechanism for calculating these ballistic parameters has been greatly advanced through the development of tanks to date, and the method of fire operation has changed significantly along with it.

The Type 74 tank's ballistic parameters, with the exception of range, were manually input, making marching fire under ever-changing conditions difficult; the Type 90 tank was equipped with a ballistic parameter sensor that automatically reflected various ballistic parameters and shifted the firearm by the corrected amount, making marching fire possible. In the Type 16 Maneuver Combat Vehicle, as with the Type 10 tank, the conventional ballistic sensors were upgraded with a future correction system that added a correction amount to the firearm by predicting the movement of the target, enabling a high hit rate even when the vehicle is moving in a slalom.


  ・Digital zoom available


  ・Equipment can be operated even when the engine is stopped.


  ・Equivalent protection to 16MCV


  ・Driver: Thermal Imager
  ・Gunner:Thermal Imager
  ・Commander:N/A(Can display the same screen as the observer's)(Can be fired using gunner's sights)
  ・Observer: Thermal Imager
  ・Scout: N/A
 With good mobility, firepower, and high reconnaissance capabilities, the this vehicle would be a very interesting addition to the game.
 Expected BR:9.0



 ・Web Sources

  ◎ https://trafficnews.jp/post/122190

  ◎ https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/16式機動戦闘車

  ◎ https://www.mod.go.jp/j/yosan/yosan_gaiyo/2019/yosan.pdf

  ◎ https://web.archive.org/web/20140623175131/http://www.tokyo-dar.com/news/143/

  ◎ https://www.gd-ots.com/munitions/medium-caliber-ammunition/30mmx173-ammunition-suite-for-mk44-cannon/

  ◎ https://trafficnews.jp/post/123260

  ◎ https://www.mod.go.jp/gsdf/gmcc/raising/hoto/hkou/21hk109.pdf

 ・JGSDF Specifications

  ◎共通戦術装輪車(歩兵戦闘型及び偵察戦闘型) GRD-Z000745

  ◎監視装置(共通戦術装輪車試験用) GRD-Z000736

  ◎機関砲(共通戦術装輪車試験用) GRD-Z000735

  ◎16式機動戦闘車 GV-Y120003C


  ◎防衛産業委員会特報 290 16式機動戦闘車







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I am not good at English. Please contact me if there are any corrections that need to be made.

@Yontzee I took his implementation suggestions into consideration.thank you!

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Open for discussion. :salute:

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Nice! +1 :good:


I think adding the base ICV and foldering this vehicle to it will make an impressive lineup. The retractable observation sight will be very helpful when looking over hills and urban objects. Not to mention, this makes it the ultimate scout vehicle. 

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I want it just for the super long scout pole:lol2: 


But it would make for a fantastic scout vehicle in game.

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4 minutes ago, Fireraid233 said:

I want it just for the super long scout pole :lol2: 


But it would make for a fantastic scout vehicle in game.

It won't, although QN506's pole can extend to 6m IRL but it has only about 0.5m in game.

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