Japan develops new self-propelled howitzer

Japan is progressing its programme to develop a 155 mm/52-calibre wheeled self-propelled howitzer (SPH) to replace Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force’s (JGSDF’s) ageing FH-70 towed artillery system, the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has announced.
In a statement in late June, the MoD’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) said that it has recently taken delivery of five prototypes of the wheeled SPH system, which was developed by domestic land systems company, Japan Steel Works. ATLA gave no designation for the new system.
An image of a prototype of Japan’s new wheeled self-propelled howitzer featuring an 8x8 MAN tactical truck.Photo by: Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency
ATLA said it will now evaluate and test the SPH, which is based on 8x8 chassis, before potential orders of the platform.