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Japan's Type 5 Chi-Ri heavy tank

Design

The Type 5 Chi-Ri was to have an 88 mm gun in the turret and a 37 mm gun in the hull.3

Developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. This was a lengthened Type 4 Chi-To.

Was at prototype stage when the war ended.2

Prototype

A single prototype without main armament was completed in May 1945.3,5

Specifications

  Type 5 Chi-Ri
Crew 51
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 37 tons1,4
Length 23.89'1
7.3 m4
Height 10'1
Width 10'1
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 75 mm1,2
75 mm Type 44
88 mm3
Secondary 37 mm1,2,3
37 mm Type 14
MG 2: MG4
2: 7.7 mm MG1
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 12 - 751
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) BMW1,3,4
Cylinders V-121
Net HP 500, 5501,3,4
Cooling Water1,4
Transmission  
Fuel type Gasoline1,4
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 28 mph1
45 kph4
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing 3 m4
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type) Bogies
Wheels each side 8
Return rollers each side 3
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Tanks of the World, 1915-1945, Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis, 1972
  2. Tanks of World War II, Duncan Crow, 1979
  3. Japanese Tanks 1939-45, Steven J. Zaloga, 2007
  4. Profile AFV Weapons #49 Japanese Medium Tanks, Lieutenant-General Tomio Hara, 1972
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