The Japanese Type 92 Light Tank

The Japanese Type 92 Light Tank

The Japanese Type 92 Light Tank was designed for use by the cavalry of the Imperial Japanese Army by Ishikawajima Motorcar Manufacturing Company (currently Isuzu Motors), for reconnaissance and infantry support. Although actually a light tank, it was called sōkōsha (armored car) in Japanese due to political sectionalism within the Japanese Army (tanks were controlled by the infantry, whereas the new weapon was intended for the cavalry).

The Japanese Type 92 Light Tank Spec’s

Designed 1931
Produced 1932-1939
Number built 167
Weight 3.5 tons
Length 3.95 meters
Width 1.63 meters
Height 1.86 meters
Crew 3
Armour 6 – 12 mm
Primary armament 13 mm Type 92 heavy machine gun
Secondary armament 1 x 7.7 mm Type 91 gun
Engine Mitsubishi/Ishikawajima In6 air cooled 6 cylinder gasoline (petrol)
45 hp (34 kW)
Suspension Bell crank
Operational range 200 km (120 mi)
Speed 40 km/h

The Type 92 was deployed primarily with the Kwantung Army in Manchuria and with the Chosen Army in Korea.

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