Chi-Ha LG

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Type 97 Chi-Ha Long Gun
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
107 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
25 / 25 / 20Hull
10 / 0 / 0Turret
15 tWeight
324 hp170 hpEngine power
21.6 hp/t11.3 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
44 km/h forward
7 km/h back
40 km/h forward
6 km/h back
120 mm 10th Year Type cannonMain weapon
10 roundsAmmunition
10 / 13 sReload
-10° / 15°Vertical guidance
-60° / 60°Horizontal guidance
14000 Rp icon.pngResearch
55000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2140 / 2647/2450 / 3030/1950 / 2412Repair
16000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
55000 Sl icon.pngExperts
270 Ge icon.pngAces
130 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
140 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png80 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Japanese medium tank Chi-Ha LG. For other uses, see Chi-Ha (Family).


GarageImage Chi-Ha LG.jpg

The Type 97 Chi-Ha Long Gun is a rank II Japanese tank destroyer with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Raining Fire".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Hull)
  • Structural steel (Gun breech and mount)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear
Hull 25 mm 25 mm Top
25 mm Bottom
20 mm
Turret 10 mm Turret front
10 mm Gun mantlet


Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 44 7 15 241 324 16.07 21.6
Realistic 40 6 150 170 10 11.33


Main armament

This gun shouldn't be confused with the one on the Chi-Ha Short Gun, while said Chi-Ha has a short gun meant for transport ships on anti submarine & close range fire range, the 12cm/45 10th Year was used as coastal emplacements and outfitted on early Japanese cruisers. It offers a high velocity gun to fling HE over the map with quite an ease.

120 mm 10th Year Type Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 10 -10°/+15° ±60° N/A 8.80 12.19 14.80 16.37 17.41 13.00 11.50 10.60 10.00
Realistic 5.95 7.00 8.50 9.40 10.00


Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Ordinary, Mod.1 HE 25 25 25 25 25 25
C.P.(BF) SAPCBC 103 102 95 87 80 74
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
Ordinary, Mod.1 HE 825 20.4 0.1 0.5 1,970 79° 80° 81°
C.P.(BF) SAPCBC 825 20.4 1.2 19 1,870 48° 63° 71°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Chi-Ha LG
rack empty
10 1 (+9) Yes

Usage in battles

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Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal Drive
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism
IV Transmission Engine

Pros and cons


  • High velocity
  • Versatile Chi-Ha chassis
    • Quite fast (up to 44 km/h | 39 km/h), allowing it to get to certain spots in time
    • Great turning ability in low gear
    • Lovely climbing ability, Good to get in sniper locations


  • Gun shield is small and thin, doesn't provide too much cover
  • Only one crew member is inside the tank
    • Vehicle can be destroyed due low caliber MG fire even with full crew
    • Two loader crew in the back of the tank have no direct cover
  • 10 shells max
  • Ammunition is very exposed, one lucky shot can destroy the vehicle
  • Shells might have some trouble penetrating the front armor of some tanks, especially in uptiers


As the Chi-Ha was very structurally sound and is able to withstand high amounts of additional weights while maintaining stable stress-levels and speed. This made it a great testbed for heavier weapons and equipement.

One of these additions / variants was an IJN refit of the Chi-Ha to be made in a 12cm Self-propelled gun carrying the 12 cm/45 10th Year Naval Cannon outfitted on early cruisers before they were replaced by 127 mm's.

A dozen of these 12cm SPG's were constructed in defense of the homeland in-case of the high probable American invasion.

The gun was bolted on the hull and used similar to the Archer in performance, firing from the rear to maintain recoil levels while firing.



See also

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External links

Japan tank destroyers
Based on Chi-Ha  Ho-Ni I · Ho-Ni III · Ho-Ro · Chi-Ha LG
Based on Ho-Ki  Na-To
Based on Ho-Ri  Ho-Ri Prototype · Ho-Ri Production
Post-war  Type 60 SPRG (C) · Type 60 ATM · Type 75 MLRS · Type 75 SPH · Type 16