Hitachi Type 73
|Place of origin||Japan|
|Used by||Japan Ground Self-Defense Force|
|Crew||1 + 11|
|12.7mm anti-aircraft machine gun|
|Engine||Mitsubishi ZF6 six-cylinder air-cooled diesel engine
400 hp (298 kW)
The first production of the Type 73 was in 1974, built by Hitachi as a domestic replacement for the American M4 and M8 high-speed tractors. It was never produced in large numbers, as self-propelled artillery became the new focus.
The cab and gun crew compartments of the Type 73 are fully enclosed steel designs, with ammunition carried in a separate compartment at the rear. A 400 hp Mitsubishi diesel engine powers full tracks, and armament is a single 12.7mm anti-aircraft machine gun.