AB-Tei Pioneer

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AB-Tei Type C, sample 1, Pioneer (1927)
General characteristics
10 peopleCrew
Standard armament
37 mm Type 11 pattern 1922 cannonPrimary
500 roundsAmmunition
6,5 mm Type 38 pattern 1907 machinegun2 x Secondary
1 500 roundsAmmunition
30 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
9 200 Rp icon.pngResearch
22 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 200 / 1 513/510 / 643/770 / 970Repair
6 300 Sl icon.pngCrew training
22 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
180 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.18 Rp icon.pngReward for battle


GarageImage AB-Tei Pioneer.jpg

The AB-Tei Type C, sample 1, Pioneer (1927) is a rank I Japanese armored gun boat with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy".

General info

Survivability and armour

This boat equips a 6.5 mm RHA on the bridge and in each turret. The armour can only prevent rifle calibre machine guns or fragment of shell from doing any damage.


In spite of small hull, its speed is not that good because this boat is equipped with only one small diesel engine.

On a large map, this boat typically will be sunk before taking on any enemy vessels within effective range of its armament.


Primary armament

AB-Tei Pioneer equips one1 turret on the front of bridge with a 37 mm Type 11 cannon.

Secondary armament

There are two turrets on the front of the bridge and the stern armed with a Type 38 machine gun.

Usage in battles

By the slow speed and useless weapon, captain of this boat keep in mind to hide and attack enemy being distracted to another target.

Pros and cons


  • Small hull is easy to hide behind the rocks.


  • Slow speed
  • Weak weapons


"Soukou-Tei"(装甲艇), also called "AB-Tei"(AB艇) is a Japanese landing support craft built by Imperial Army since the 1920s.

"AB-Tei Pioneer" is the first prototype of AB-Tei built 1928. This boat was bit top-heavy so during the war it modified to mast get shorter. Pioneer means its hull name, "Sakigake"(さきがけ).

During early of Chino-Japanese war, this boat was used for a patrol around Tianjin.


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See also

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Japan boats
Motor Torpedo  Type T-14 · Type T-1 · Type T-38 · T-51b · Type 11 · Type T-14 (Mod. 01)
Motor Gun  Type 5
Armored Gun  AB-Tei Pioneer · AB-Tei Serial
Fast Attack  PG 02