TYPE 10 ALPINI | MOUNTAIN BATTLE TANK
The Type 10 'Alpini' is an advanced fourth-generation main battle tank (MBT) manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, originally for the for the Hitomaru Ground Self Defence Force (HGSDF). The mountain battle tank, it's New Hayesalian designation, can be deployed in a wide range of missions including anti-tank warfare, mobile strikes, special operations force attacks and other contingencies.
The Type 10 is used in New Hayesalian service to perform mountain warfare operations, which it is better able to achieve thanks to it's high mobility, power-to-weight ratio, and the special training of it's crews.
The tank accommodates a crew of three including commander, gunner and driver. It has a length of 9.4m, width of 3.2m and height 2.3m. The gross weight of the tank is 44t and the combat weight of 48t. The MBT can be transported by trains and trucks.
The Alpini is equipped with a turret fitted with an automatic loading system. The turret can be rotated through 360° in traverse to determine the enemy targets. It is armed with a 120mm L44 smooth-bore gun.
The secondary armament of the Type 10 MBT consists of a Model 50 12.7mm heavy machine gun and an M240 7.62mm co-axial machine gun. The turret is also fitted with smoke grenade launchers.
The tank's hull is equipped with nano-crystal steel, fourth generation modular ceramic composite armour for protection against rocket propelled grenade (RPG) rounds, HEAT projectiles, and anti-tank missiles. The add-on modules can be easily removed and installed to alter the protection levels.
It is also fitted with a nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) protection system and automatic fire suppression systems.
The Type 10 tank is equipped with an enhanced fire control system to engage stationary and moving targets. The tank also fitted with a laser range finder.
The commander's station is fitted with a panoramic sight, mounted on the right of the turret. It provides day / night observation and target identification.
The Type 10 tank is powered by water-cooled, four-cycle, eight-cylinder diesel engines coupled with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) gearbox. The engine generates a power of 1,200hp.
The tank is equipped with hydro pneumatic active suspension and offers superior mobility. It can accomplish a speed of about 70km/h forward as well as reverse. It has an operational range of about 440km.
The tank has a high power to weight ratio, as well as high clearance. At a combat weight of 48 tons, it is able to be loaded into aircraft and trains, and drive on New Hayesalian roads and across light bridges. It can better operate on slopes and on harsh, snowy terrain, making it able to assist mountain infantry troops in a wide variety of regions and terrains where larger tanks would struggle.