The Japanese Type 81 Tan-SAM is one of the latest additions to the Japan Self-Defense Force's arsenal. It is a lightweight, portable system for use against low-to-medium level targets, and is intended to replace the aging HAWK system (both HAWK models also in this catalog). Tan-SAM (TAN meaning "short," as in "short-range") uses an improved, much more compact tracking system than HAWK, has a range of approximately 10 km, and reaches speeds of Mach 2.4. The missile is only 2.7 meters long and 16 centimeters in diameter, putting it in the approximate size of Roland.
Contractor Toshiba Entered Service 1982 Total length 2.7m Diameter 0.16m Wingspan Weight 100kg Warhead Weight 9kg HE fragmentation Propulsion solid Maximum Speed Maximum effective range 10 km Guidance mode In Sight Lock-on + IR Homing Single-shot hit probability