Howa Type 89

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Howa Type 89 with integral bipod - 5.56x45mm. Currently in use by the Modern Japanese military.
Howa Type 89-F assault rifle with folding stock for Paratroopers and 20-round magazine - 5.56x45mm. Currently in use by the Modern Japanese military.
Howa Type 89 with scope rail on receiver, Aimpoint CompM2 red dot, and left side fire selector. This configuration is used by Japanese special forces operators when deployed in places where they face the risk of potential combat.
Howa Type 89-F with scope rail on receiver and Aimpoint CompM2 red dot. This configuration is used by Japanese special forces operators when deployed in places where they face the risk of potential combat.

When the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) was looking for a new assault rifle to replace the aging Howa Type 64 (7.62x51mm), Howa Machinery Co., of Japan designed and developed the Type 89 Assault rifle, chambered for the 5.56x45mm NATO round. It was much lighter than the Type 64 and was a modern assault rifle comparable to the M4A1, the SIG SG 551, and the Heckler & Koch G36. The Type 89's design resembles the US-designed AR-18 assault rifle, which was manufactured by Howa under license from Armalite (USA). It replaced the Howa Type 64 as the main battle rifle for the JGSDF in 1989, even though the Type 64 is still used in secondary units and Coast Guard units.

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Specifications

(1989 - Present)

  • Type: Assault Rifle
  • Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO
  • Weight: 7.7 lbs (3.5 kg)
  • Length: 36.1 in (91.6 cm)
  • Barrel length: 16.5 in (42 cm)
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Burst-3/Full-Auto

The Howa Type 89 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Gamera 2: Attack of Legion JGSDF personnel 1996
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus G-Graspers headquarters guards 2000
Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies Policemen Howa Type 89-F 2001
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. JGSDF personnel 2003
Samurai Commando: Mission 1549 JGSDF 2005
Samurai
Kyôka Suzuki Rei Kanzaki
Yôsuke Eguchi Yusuke Kashima
Daisuke Shima Mikuni
Kôji Matoba Yoda
D-Day (Den'D) Enemy soldier Airsoft 2008
Pandemic JSDF members 2009
Library Wars Kanto Library Defense Force soldiers 2013
Nana Eikura Iku Kasahara
Junichi Okada Atsushi Dojo
As the Gods Will JSDF members 2014
Godzilla Monarch security Airsoft 2014

Television

Title Actor Character Note Date
Black and White Lao Tou's guard 2009


Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Soldier Front 2004
Joukyou Kaishi! Type 89 2005
Rainbow Six 3: Iron Wrath Type 89F Paratrooper model 2005
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory Used by JGSDF soldiers 2005
Splinter Cell: Double Agent 2006
Operation 7 2006
Alliance of Valiant Arms Type89 Available to Japanese players only 2007
Cross Fire Type89 2007
Combat Arms 2008
Yakuza: Dead Souls Used by JSDF soldiers 2011
The Passion Leads Army (aka Glorious Missions) Type 89 Scope and Weapon Lights(Veteran JSDF Soldier Only) Non-player weapon, used by JSDF soldiers and Terrorists 2012
S.K.I.L.L - Special Force 2 2013
Rainbow Six: Siege Type-89 w/ various attachments Introduced in Operation Red Crow expansion (2016) 2015

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Patlabor: The Movie JGSDF soldiers 1989
Patlabor: The Movie 2 JGSDF soldiers 1993
Memories ("Stink Bomb") JGSDF soldiers 1995
Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman JSDF member 2000
WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 2001
Digimon Tamers JGSDF soldiers 2001 - 2002
RahXephon JGSDF soldiers 2002
Yukikaze Japanese soldiers 2002 - 2005
Desert Punk Mercenary 2004
Zipang JMSDF sailors 2004
Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig Ishikawa and Kuze Outfitted with futuristic furniture with hybrid cybernetic/optical sights and underbarrel M203 grenade launcher 2004 - 2005
Starship Operators Amaterasu crewmembers Modified to appear futuristic 2005
Full Metal Panic! JGSDF soldiers 2005
Karas JSDF soldiers 2005-2007
Saikano JGSDF soldiers 2006
The Strange Case Files of Ryoko Yakushiji Japanese Private Police, Kazuma Nonagase, Yukiko Muromachi 2008
Library War Library Defense Force soldiers 2008
Sound of the Sky 2010
High School of the Dead 2010
Puella Magi Madoka Magica Homura Akemi 2011
Majikoi - Oh! Samurai Girls! 2011
Gyo JSDF members 2012
Eureka Seven: AO 2012
Upotte!! Type 89-F, seen on gun store wall 2012
Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C³ Yachiyo Hinata Airsoft, Type 89-F 2013
Coppelion 1st Division Soldiers 2013
Black Bullet JSDF member 2014
Survival Game Club! JGSDF members 2014
Tokyo ESP JGSDF members 2014
Gate: Thus the JSDF Fought There JGSDF 2015
Active Raid: Special Public Security Fifth Division Third Mobile Assault Eighth Unit Yakuza Wakashu 2016


See Also

  • Howa - A list of all firearms manufactured by Howa.



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