The Type 2 Ho-I was a self propelled gun used by Japan during WWII. However the Ho-I was more of a mix between an SPG and a tank. It had an air-cooled, diesel powered, Mitsubishi Type 100 Engine capable of propelling the Ho-I at speeds of up to 44 km/h.
The armor protection was between 12 and 50mm and the number of crew members was 5. The length was 5.7 meters and the weight was 16,100 kg. The height of the Ho-I was 2.5 meters and the width was 2.3 meters.
It was armed with a 75mm main gun and a Type 97 MG. It also had a Bell Crank suspension system and it had an operational range of 99.7 kilometers. The turret was based on the Type 97 Chi-Ha and it only fired HE rounds.
The turret of the Type 2 could also fit two crew members and the chassis of the Type 2 was based on that of the Type 1 Chi-He. The Type 2 could even carry about 4,000 rounds for its MG and about 55 for its main gun. There were no variants of the Type 1 and only 30 models were made.
The Type 2 Ho-I's development began in 1937 and it became clear that a larger caliber gun would be helpful in certain situations. The 47mm main guns of the armored vehicles of the time were too small and so a Type 41 75mm Mountain Gun was added.
The Type 2 began production in 1942 and since allied tanks had much thicker armor than Japanese tanks, the Type 2 Ho-I was appointed to a tank killing role. The 30 models that were made were all sent to the Japanese Home islands to protect from an allied invasion and they never saw combat.
- ↑ http://www.onwar.com/tanks/japan/ft2hoi.htm
- ↑ http://www.wwiivehicles.com/japan/tanks-medium/type-2.asp