The Mitsubishi Type 89 IFV (三菱89式装甲戦闘車 Mitsubishi 89-shiki sōkō-sentō-sha) is a Japanese infantry fighting vehicle that entered service with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force in 1989. The vehicle was adopted at a low rate with 58 vehicles in service as of 1999, with a total of 120 produced by 2014. The main armament of the vehicle is an Oerlikon Contraves 35 mm KDE cannon.
Production of the Type 89 has been undertaken at a very low rate and, by the end of 1999, only 58 vehicles were in service with the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force.
The Type 89 is an IFV, Infantry Fighting Vehicle. The high amount of health points, but lack of armor makes it a quiet easy tank to kill. However, the main gun of the Type 89 IFV in combination with the ATM launcher makes a deadly combination, especially in medium sized maps. The speed and turret rotation makes it possible to circle your enemy without much trouble. The Type 89 IFV is best to use as scout, or as support tank.
Pros and Cons
- Fairly generous health pool for an IFV
- Pretty high damage per shot, impressive DPM for an IFV
- Very fast speed, turret rotation speed is also slightly faster than average
- Typical IFV armor, spaced armor is effective but pointless as high explosive damages the vehicle easily
- Mediocre accuracy at medium range
- Hull traverse speed is lacking