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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.

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

Was at prototype stage when the war ended.

Prototype

A single prototype without main armament was completed in May 1945.

Specifications

  Type 5 Chi-Ri
Crew 5
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 37 tons
Length 23.89'
7.3 m
Height 10'
Width 10'
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 75 mm
75 mm Type 4
88 mm
Secondary 37 mm
37 mm Type 1
MG 2: MG
2: 7.7 mm MG
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 12 - 75
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) BMW
Cylinders V-12
Net HP 500, 550
Cooling Water
Transmission  
Fuel type Gasoline
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 28 mph
45 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing 3 m
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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