Howa Type 96

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Howa Type 96
Type96 40mm Automatic Grenad Gun.JPG
Howa Type 96 AGL on display
TypeAutomatic grenade launcher
Place of originJapan
Service history
In service1996–present
Used byJapan
Production history
Produced1996 - Present
Mass24.5 kg[1]
Length975 mm[2]
Barrel length454 mm[2]

Caliber40 mm
ActionBlow forward
Rate of fire250-350 rpm[1]
Maximum firing range1500 m
Feed system50-grenades belt

The Howa Type 96 automatic grenade launcher (AGL) (96式40mm自動てき弾銃, 96-shiki 40-miri jidōtekidanjū), is a Japanese automatic grenade launcher made by Howa since 1996.


With the need of a heavy fire support weapon in Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) service aside from the use of the Sumitomo Type 62 GPMG and the Sumitomo M2HB machine gun, Howa first created and produced the weapon in 1996.[3]


The Type 96 AGL mounted on top of a Type 96 APC.

The Howa Type 96 can be used by both infantry and armored vehicles, the former with a tripod and the latter by being placed on a weapon mount.[1]

It is prominently seen as one of the main weapons mounted on the Type 96 Armored Personnel Carrier.[3][4]

Operational details[edit]

On the left side of the Type 96 is a feeding bay where the 40 mm grenades belt can be loaded onto the AGL.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "96式 40mm自動てき弾銃" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
  2. ^ a b c "96式40mm自動てき(擲)弾銃" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-11-04.
  3. ^ a b 96式装輪装甲車 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-01-13.
  4. ^ "96式40mm自動てき弾銃" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-01-27.
  5. ^ 96式40㎜自動てき弾銃 (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2009-01-13.

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