Image: Chi-Ha (Warlord)
Vehicle TypeMedium Tank
Origin & DesignerJapan/Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Nihon, Sagami
Numbers Produced1.162
Crew4 (Commander/Gunner, Loader, Hull Gunner & Driver)
Main Armament1 x Type 97 57mm L/18.5 Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-9° to +11°
Turret Traverse360° (Manual)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun Sight[@gun_sight]
Secondary Armament2 x Type 97 7.7mm Machine Guns (Bow & Rear Turret)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried100 x 57mm & 2.745 x 7.7mm
Combat Weight15.000 kg
Ground Clearance0.40m
Fording Depth1.0m
Trench Crossing2.50m
Obstacle Clearance0.90m
Climbing Ability34°
RadioType 96 Mk. 4
ArmourHull Front: 25mm
Hull Sides: 15mm
Hull Rear: 7mm
Hull Top: 8mm
Hull Bottom: 7mm
Gun Mantle: 25mm
Turret Front: 25mm
Turret Sides: 25mm
Turret Rear: 12mm
Turret Top: 6mm
EngineMitsubishi Type 97 170 HP (Diesel)
Transmission4 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range210 km
Maximum Cross Country Range90 km
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Maximum Road Speed38 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed23 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe Chi-Ha was developed as an infantry support tank to replace the ponderous Type 89, as the Japanese were now developing the concept of motorised infantry and speed was the essence. It was really a larger version of the Ha-Go, but with a new turret and better armour. It also had a four man crew and improved engine. The main gun was an improved 57mm Type 97, along with two machine guns. It was deemed as the new main battle tank and issued to tank regiments. The Chi-Ha first saw action in China and Manchuria and later took part in the campaign to capture Malaya, Singapore and Burma. It also saw service in the pacific against the Americans.