Type 96 Armored Personnel Carrier
The Type 96 (Japanese 96式 装 轮 装甲车, 96 - shiki Sorin sōkōsha, dt "Type -96 armored car " ) is an eight-wheeled (8 × 8), four-wheel drive Armoured Personnel Carrier made in Japan. However, the vehicle is not amphibious.
The Type 96 is the most advanced armored personnel carriers serving the Japanese ground self-defense forces. Production started in 1995. On the part of the Japanese army were ordered 500 vehicles. The Type 96 was not exported until now.
The Type 96 is armored at best moderate for a Radpanzer this class. Advantageously, however, is the low vehicle silhouette. The armament consists of a 12.7 - mm machine gun and a 40mm grenade launcher. The crew consists of two men, the vehicle interior offers still another eight soldiers place. The Type 96 has a skylight and a rear door.