Type 2 Ho-I

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General info

The Ho-I in the garage.

The Type 2 Ho-I is a Rank II Japanese medium tank with a battle rating of 2.0. It was introduced in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai" along with the initial Japanese Ground Forces Tree.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Due to the guns low velocity, it can be hard to aim at distance. It is important to measure the distance of the shot with a rangefinder in order to get hits more accurately. Sometimes it pays to be a little more patient before firing.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • HEAT rounds can do decent penetration at BR
  • AP rounds have good post-penetration damage
  • 50 mm frontal armour is very good at its BR
  • Good mobility
  • Tiny profile

Cons:

  • AP round lacking in penetration
  • Overall poor gun velocity, effectively best at close to mid-close range, only engage long range when firing at lightly armoured targets
  • Front armour is only sloped lightly
  • Cramped crew can lead to one-hit kills
  • HEAT has bad velocity
  • Even though a relativly quick reload speed, the poor velocity/penetration rounds can make it feel like an eternity

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 75 mm Type 99 cannon (63 rounds)
2 x 7.7 mm Type 97 machine gun (4,000 rounds)

Main armament

1 x 75 mm Type 99 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 63 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -8°
  • Gun Elevation: 15°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 8.3°/s (Stock), 11.5°/s (Upgraded), 14.0°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 24.8°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 7.6s (Stock), 6.8s (Full Crew), 6.2s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 75 mm Type 99 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 63 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -8°
  • Gun Elevation: 15°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 8.3°/s (Stock), 9.8°/s (Upgraded), 11.9°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 13.2°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 7.6s (Stock), 6.8s (Full Crew), 6.2s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 75 mm Type 99 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 63 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -8°
  • Gun Elevation: 15°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 8.3°/s (Stock), 9.8°/s (Upgraded), 11.9°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 13.2°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 7.6s (Stock), 6.8s (Full Crew), 6.2s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay
in m:
Fuse sensitivity
in mm:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
Type 95 APHE 42 40 31 20 10 8 APHE 450 6.2 1.3 15 460 43° 30° 25°
Type 94 HE 11 11 11 11 11 11 HE 522 6 0.1 0.1 810 +0° 11° 10°
Type 2 HEAT 76 76 76 76 76 76 HEAT 350 3.6 N/A 0.1 640 +0° 28° 21° 17°
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Screen radius
in m
Screen time
in s
Screen hold time
in s:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Type 90 Smoke Smoke 570 5.7 13 5 25 100
Ammo racks
Ammo racks for the Ho-I
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
63 55 (+8) 43 (+20) 22 (+41) (+62) Turret empty: 43 (+20) no

Secondary armaments

1 x 7.7 mm Type 97 machine gun (bow machine gun)
1 x 7.7 mm Type 97 machine gun (pintle-mount)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver
  • Machine Gunner

Total: 5 Crew members

Armour

Armour Type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 50 mm (16°) Front plate
12 mm (77°) Front glacis
50 mm (19°), 8.5 mm (64°) Lower glacis
20 mm (16-30°) Top
25 mm Bottom
20 mm (1-21°) Top
8.5 mm (63°) Bottom
12 mm
Turret 50 mm (16°) Turret front
50 mm (0-60°) Gun mantlet
25 mm (9-10°) 25 mm (5°) 12 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 50 mm 12 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick while tracks are 20 mm thick.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 16.0 ton

Max Speed: 49 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 372 hp @ 2000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 23.25 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 458 hp @ 2000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 28.63 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 43°
Weight: 16.0 ton

Max Speed: 44 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 212 hp @ 2000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 13.25 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 240 hp @ 2000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 15.00 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°
Weight: 16.0 ton

Max Speed: 44 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 212 hp @ 2000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 13.25 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 240 hp @ 2000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 15.00 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°

Modules and improvements

__MODIFICATIONS__

History of creation and combat usage

Development

Japanese tank development had mainly focused on infantry-support from combat experience in China. The Type 89 I-Go with its 57 mm howitzer proved this concept as sound, although there were complaints on the inefficiency of the 57 mm rounds. Mountain guns of larger calibers were a better choice, but suffered from low mobility as these were towed guns. It was determined that the power of the mountain gun had to be mounted onto a tank to give it battlefield mobility. Work began in 1937 on this gun tank under the name "Hosensha" or Ho-I, with the Type 41 75 mm mountain gun as the armament, modified into a tank mount in December 1940 as the Type 99 75 mm.[1]

The first prototype of the Ho-I was produced in Spring 1941 by Hitachi Ltd. The prototype used the Chi-Ha chassis with the gun mounted in a turret derived from the Chi-He and testing began in September. However, gun handling and ballistics was deemed poor and the gun was taken back to be redesigned for better performances. The second prototype was constructed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in December 1942, this time mounted on a Chi-He chassis with a slightly redesigned turret.[1]

After tests and ballistic performances with the Ho-I's armaments, the design was deemed serviceable and adopted in 1943 as the Type 2 Ho-I.[1] However, the tank never received as much priority as the Chi-Ha Kai or Chi-He and so production did not start until 1944. This led to the production of only 31 tanksby the war's end.[2]

Service

Had the Type 2 Ho-I been produced in larger numbers, the Japanese planned to use them in fire-support companies in each tank regiment.[2] Although, like most Japanese tanks produced late in the war, the produced Ho-I were simply left in reserves in the case of an Home Island invasion, stationed with the 4th Tank Division.[1] Some were reported to be converted into the Chi-He tank to make up the low production of that vehicle.[2] As VJ day came without a full-scale invasion of Japan, the Type 2 Ho-I were never used in World War II and all were decommissioned and destroyed in the post-war occupation period of Japan.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the ___ from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

[Devblog] Type 2 Ho-I – A Volatile Ally

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sun 2016, [WT] Type2 Ho-I
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Zaloga 2007, Japanese Tanks 1939-1945

Sources

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Icon-country-jap.png Type 2 Ho-I
Nation Japan
Type Medium tank
Rank 2
Battle Rating
2.0
2.0
2.0

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
16,000 kg
35,274 lb
Number of Crew 5
Hull armour thickness
50/25/20/12 mm
1.97/0.98/0.79/0.47 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
372 hp
212 hp
212 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
458 hp
240 hp
240 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
23.25
23.62
13.25
13.46
13.25
13.46
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
28.62
29.08
15.00
15.24
15.00
15.24
Max speed
49 km/h
30.0 mph
44 km/h
27.3 mph
44 km/h
27.3 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 75 mm Type 99 Cannon
Ammo stowage 63 rounds
Vertical guidance -8°/15°
Secondary Weapon
1 x 7.7 mm Type 97 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 3,000 rounds
Mount Hull mount
Vertical guidance -8°/8°
Horizontal guidance -14°/14°
1 x 7.7 mm Type 97 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 1,000 rounds
Mount Pintle mount
Vertical guidance -10°/70°
Horizontal guidance -60°/60°
Economy
Required RP 7,900 RP
Vehicle cost 10,000 SL
Crew training cost 3,000 SL
Max repair cost*
510 SL
780 SL
580 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
46m
1h 32m
1h 13m
Free repair time (Upgraded)
15m
30m
24m
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