Despite being classed as a medium tank, it was used more as an Infantry Tank due to it being supplied mostly with High Explosive ammunition, so struggled in the anti-tank role.
The vehicle was in essence an up gunned earlier Chi-Ha, sporting a high velocity 47mm main gun and was first seen in 1941. Its armour had been doubled and was slightly larger in both height and length. The turret also offered a larger space for the crew to operate.
The Japanese Type 1 Chi-He Medium Tank Spec’s
Armaments: x1 47mm Main Gun, x2 .303 Machine Guns
Armour: 50mm steel
Dimension: Length 5.5m / Width 2.2m / Height 2.38m
Weight: 16.73 tonne
Engine: Mitsubishi Type 100 240bhp diesel
Top Road Speed: 43km/h
Operational Range: Unknown