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Japan's Type 92 combat car

Design

These were fully tracked tanks. Designed as a reconnaissance and support vehicle for calvary units. The first prototype appeared in 1932 from the Ishikawajima Motor Works. Box like hull with sponsons overhanging track. 3 twin wheeled bogies. Hull was welded with some components riveted. The driver was on the left of the front of the hull and the 12.7 mm MG gunner on the right. Used in small numbers.

Later production vehicles had 4 larger spoked wheels in place of the 6 small boggie wheels.

Production

  • Type 92:
    • Production: 1933 - 1940

Specifications

  Type 92
Crew 3
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 3.5 tons
7,700 lb
3,500 kg
Length 12' 11.25"
Height 6' 1"
Width 5' 4"
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 12.7 mm Model 92 MG, hull
Secondary  
MG 6.5 mm MG, turret
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 6
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Mitsubishi
Cylinders  
Net HP  
Transmission  
Fuel type  
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse 360°
Speed - Road 21.6 mph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 124.3 miles
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side 6
Late production: 4
Return rollers each side 3
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  
  Prototype
Crew 31
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 3.2 tons1
Length  
Height  
Width  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 2: 6.5 mm MG1 OR
13 mm1 and 6.5 mm MG1
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 61
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Ishikawajima1, air-cooled1
Cylinders 61
Net HP 451
Transmission  
Fuel type Gasoline1
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 25 mph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  
  Production
Crew 31
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 3.5 tons1
Length 12.85'1
Height 6.04'1
Width 5.33'1
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 13 mm1
Secondary  
MG 6.5 mm MG1
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 61
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Ishikawajima1, air-cooled1
Cylinders 61
Net HP 451
Transmission  
Fuel type Gasoline1
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 21.6 mph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Tanks of the World, 1915-1945, Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis, 1972
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site