Chi-Ha Short Gun

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Type 97 Chi-Ha Short Gun
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
75 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
25 / 25 / 12Hull
32 / 25 / 25Turret
15 tWeight
324 hp170 hpEngine power
21.6 hp/t11.3 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
45 km/h forward
7 km/h back
40 km/h forward
6 km/h back
120 mm Navy short gunMain weapon
23 roundsAmmunition
10 / 13 sReload
-8° / 15°Vertical guidance
1000 roundsAmmunition
3 / 3.9 sReload
20 roundsBelt capacity
499 shots/minFire rate
3000 roundsAmmunition
3 / 3.9 sReload
20 roundsBelt capacity
499 shots/minFire rate
1000 Ge icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1600/1110/1140Repair
2300 Sl icon.pngCrew training
15000 Sl icon.pngExperts
110 Ge icon.pngAces
112 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
80 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png60 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png30 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png
This page is about the premium Japanese medium tank Chi-Ha Short Gun. For other uses, see Chi-Ha (Family).


GarageImage Chi-Ha Short Gun.jpg

The Type 97 Chi-Ha Short Gun is a premium rank II Japanese medium tank with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai" with the initial Japanese tank tree.

The Chi-Ha Short Gun is a Naval refit of the Chi-Ha Kai with a Navy short gun (120 mm), it keeps the decent mobility from the Chi-Ha chassis but loses the turret rotation speed due the added weight of the gun.

General info

Chi-Ha Short Gun scanning the seaside

The Type 97 Chi-Ha is an upgraded version of the earlier Type 89 I-Go Ko. The engine has been upgraded, from the Mitsubishi A6120VD air-cooled straight-six diesel with 120 hp to a Mitsubishi SA12200VD air-cooled V12 diesel with 170 hp. As such, the top speed has increased from 27 km/h on the I-Go Ko to 40 km/h on the Chi-Ha.

The Chi-Ha Short Gun is a later iteration of the Chi-Ha with a modified turret coming from the Chi-Ha Kai. For firepower the Chi-Ha Short Gun has a Navy short gun (120 mm) that launches 13 kg HE shells.

Which was made to support navy infantry as a gun tank during the defense of the homeland.

Survivability and armour

Light, but effective against weaker guns (i.e. early French), weaker shells (low-calibre HE), and in long range engagements.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 25 mm (11-31°) Front plate

15-17 mm (62-80°) Front glacis

15 mm (37-59°) Lower glacis

25 mm (25 / 40°) Top

25 mm Bottom

15 mm (69°) Top

20 mm (5-57°)

12 mm
Turret 25 mm (9-10°) Turret front

32-35 mm Gun mantlet

25 mm (9-10°) 25 mm 10 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 25 mm 10 mm
  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 15 mm thick.


Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 45 7 15 263 324 17.53 21.6
Realistic 40 6 150 170 10 11.33


Main armament

Chi-Ha Short Gun firing

The gun from the Chi-Ha Short Gun is naval short gun built to deal with submarines and close range naval combat, and that does translate over in-game as a gun with lackluster HE filler just enough to destroy light tanks and a very low muzzle velocity, which on the bright side can be used to shoot at vehicles over cover.

120 mm Navy short gun Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 23 -8°/+15° ±180° N/A 5.7 7.9 9.6 10.6 11.3 13.0 11.5 10.6 10.0
Realistic 3.6 4.2 5.1 5.6 6.0


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
Short Ordinary HE HE 30 30 30 30 30 30
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Normalisation at 30°
from horizontal
0% 50% 100%
Short Ordinary HE HE 290 13.0 0.1 0.1 2,520 +0.0° 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Chi-Ha Short Gun
rack empty
rack empty
23 18 (+5) (+23) No

Machine guns

Main article: Type 97 (7.7 mm)
7.7 mm Type 97
Mount Capacity
(Belt capacity)
Rate of fire
Hull 3,000 (20) 498 ±10° ±15°
Pintle 1,000 (20) 498 -10°/+70° ±60°

Usage in battles

Chi-Ha Short Gun coming out behind a rock

Because the Chi-Ha Short Gun was designed for an infantry support role, its performance shows how tank combat wasn't put in mind for the vehicle. With each shell only having 2.5 kg of explosive, this isn't enough to destroy any vehicle the shell hits; it most likely will shock the crew, but nothing else.

Most light armored vehicles and tanks (<30 mm armor) will be able to be destroyed from either hull break or crew knock-out wherever you hit. But when you start opposing medium to heavy tanks, you should fallback for friendlies to deal with the target. It might be possible to hit the roof of the turret or hull on these vehicles, but it's a tricky shot and won't always deal a fatal blow on first hit.


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 Artillery Support
This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase

Pros and cons


  • Familiar Chi-Ha chassis
  • Typically, if the round penetrates, it kills
  • Five crew members
  • 30 mm of penetration at any range and angle


  • Only fires high explosive rounds
  • Ten-seconds reload (Expert Crew) with a 120 mm cannon
  • Poor turret traverse, just 5.1°/s
  • Large shell drop (shells only travel 290 m/s)
  • No roof-mounted anti-aircraft/infantry machine gun



The Chi-Ha Short Gun, designated the Short Barrel 12 cm Gun Tank (短十二糎自走砲,Tan Jū ni Senchi Jisōhō) was a navy refit of the Type 97 Chi-Ha Kai to make a similar gun tank as the Army's Type 2 Ho-I Gun Tank with greater firepower to support Special Naval Landing Forces (SNLF).

To get greater firepower than the Type 2 Ho-I, a naval short barrel 120 mm was chosen with an additional bespoke muzzle break, the official designation of this 120 mm gun is unclear but may greatly be the 12cm/12 short naval gun. Additionally, there was a small storage compartment added onto the back of the ShinHoTo Chi-Ha turret.

Combat usage

The only certain information on this variant of the Chi-Ha is that only a dozen or so vehicles have been built of this variant and all have been deployed with the Yokosuka No.16 Land Battle Squadron. The Chi-Ha's weren't the only vehicles assigned to this Squadron and saw service next to the Type 2 Ka-Mi and Type 3 Ka-Chi amphibious tanks.

These vehicles would most likely would have seen service in defense of the homeland next to the Special Naval Landing Forces (SNLF) infantry. But in-case these Gun tanks would push forward these would most likely be transport by Daihatsu-class Landing Craft's just like the infantry accompanied by the Amphibious tanks

There's only a handful of images of Chi-Ha 120 mm's, all being American and taken at the naval yard in Sasebo, Japan, October 1945. None of the vehicles survive today.



See also

Related development
Tanks of comparable role, configuration and era

External links

Japan medium tanks
Chassis Chi-Ha  Chi-Ha · Chi-Ha Kai · Chi-Ha Short Gun
Chassis Chi-He  Chi-He · Chi-He (5th Regiment) · Ho-I · Chi-Nu · Chi-Nu II
Chassis Chi-To  Chi-To · Chi-To Late
Chassis Chi-Ri  Chi-Ri II
Type 61 MBT  ST-A1* · ST-A2* · Type 61
Type 74 MBT  ST-B1* · Type 74 · Type 74G
Type 90 MBT  Type 90 · Type 90 (B)
USA  ▅M4A3 (76) W
  *ST-X Is prototype stage for said MBT

Japan premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  Ha-Go Commander
Medium tanks  Chi-Ha Short Gun · Chi-He (5th Regiment) · Chi-Nu II · Type 74G
Heavy tanks  Ro-Go · ▅Heavy Tank No.6
Tank destroyers  Ho-Ri Prototype · Type 75 MLRS