Image: Ha-Go (Australian War Memorial)
Vehicle TypeLight Tank
Origin & DesignerJapan/Mitsubishi, Niigata, Tekkosho, Kobe Seikosho, Kokura Rikugun Zoheisho
Numbers Produced1.661
Crew3 (Commander/Gunner, Hull Gunner & Driver)
Main Armament1 x Type 94 37mm L/45 or Type 98 37mm L/36.7 Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-15° to +20°
Turret Traverse360° (Manual)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightTelescopic
Secondary Armament2 x Type 97 7.7mm Machine Guns (Bow & Turret Rear)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried119 x 37mm & 2.940 x 7.7mm
Combat Weight7.400 kg
Ground Clearance0.39m
Fording Depth1.0m
Trench Crossing2.0m
Obstacle Clearance0.60m
Climbing Ability40°
RadioType 96 Mk. 4
ArmourHull Front: 12mm
Hull Sides: 12mm
Hull Rear: 12mm
Hull Top: 9mm
Hull Bottom: 9mm
Gun Mantle: 12mm
Turret Front: 12mm
Turret Sides: 12mm
Turret Rear: 12mm
Turret Top: 9mm
EngineMitsubishi NVD 6120 120 HP (Petrol)
Transmission4 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range250 km
Maximum Cross Country Range165 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed48 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed26 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe Ha-Go was the most numerous Japanese tank of the period. It was planned to be used in the infantry support role and to keep pace with infantry attacks and breakthroughs. It had a three man crew and was armed with a 37mm Type 98 gun and a couple of 7.7mm Type 97 machine guns. It first saw action against the Chinese and was successful against light opposition, which had no real anti-tank defense. In 1939 they were used against the Soviets in Manchuria and caught the Russian by surprise by utilizing their speed to get close to the Soviet positions. They took part in the conquest on Malaya, Burma and the Philippines. By 1944 the Ha-Go was hopelessly outclassed by US M3 and M4 medium tanks, but were still used in large numbers until 1945.