HAL X-10 (TV version)

General and Technical Data

Model number: HAL X-10
Code name: N/A
Unit type: experimental unmanned heavy attack labor
Manufacturer(s): Shinohara Heavy Industries; Hishii Heavy Industries
Operator: Japan Self-Defense Forces
Rollout: 1999 AD; 2005 AD (commencement of sales)
Accommodation: pilot only, in standard cockpit in main body
Dimensions: overall height 9.03 meters (legs retracted); overall height 11.83 meters (legs deployed); overall width 7.15 meters
Weight: standard 17.41 metric tons; full 20.28 metric tons
Armor materials: high tension carbon reinforced material with composite armor
Powerplant: unknown
Maximum weight lifting capacity: 43.0 metric tons (on all 4 legs)
Minimum revolving radius: 5.88 meters
Equipment and design features: sensors, range unknown; hover unit
Fixed armaments: ATM launcher, mounted on main body; 9 x missile launcher, mounted on main body; 12 x smoke discharger, mounted on main body; anti-aircraft gun, mounted on main body
Optional fixed armaments: 135mm smoothbore cannon, mounted on forward section of main body, replaces ATM launcher

Technical and Historical Notes

The HAL X-10 was an experimental heavy attack labor developed in partnership by manufacturers Shinohara and Hishii for the Japan Self-Defense Forces. The tank-like X-10 was equipped with four legs that allowed it to move through mountainous or forest terrain, although its legs also housed wheels. The X-10 was also equipped with a hover unit for high speed mobility. The X-10 featured a humanoid head that was used to scan the battlefield and locate enemies. The X-10 could mount a variety of armaments, including a smoothbore cannon, anti-aircraft gun, ATM launcher, missile launchers and smoke dischargers. In 1999, an X-10 unit escaped from its testing grounds into a forest area at Gotenba. In response, the JSDF deploys several AL-97B Samson units, but they were unable to contain the threat. The Tokyo police’s SV2 labor unit was then called in to deal with the problem, but the heavily armed (and armored) X-10 proved too much for even the versatile AV-98 Ingram. During the fight, the JSDF covered the runaway X-10’s model number with paint to conceal its identity as a military labor. In the end, the X-10 was stopped only after it ran out of ammunition, which allowed Asuma Shinohara to board the cockpit and remove the X-10’s movement disk.

Miscellaneous Information

Original mechanical designer: Yutaka Izubuchi



Patlabor Info


Naoyuki Yoshinaga

Kazunori Ito
Mamoru Oshii
Hiroyuki Hoshiyama
Naoto Kimura
Tetsuo Takahashi
Michiko Yokote
Hibari Arisu

Mechanical Designer(s):
Yutaka Izubuchi
Yoshinori Sayama

Character Designer:
Akemi Takada

Musical Composer:
Kenji Kawai

47 episodes

Japan 10.11.1989 – 09.26.1990


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