Chi-Nu II

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This page is about the premium Japanese medium tank Chi-Nu II. For the regular version, see Chi-Nu.
Chi-Nu II
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Chi-Nu II
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The Chi-Nu II is a premium rank III Japanese medium tank with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced with the initial Japanese Ground Forces tree in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai", but was released once all the rank III Japanese tanks were available to the public in the Closed Beta Test. It costs 1,600 Golden Eagles. The Chi-Nu II is essentially the Chi-Nu body with the turret from the Chi-To, giving the tank access to the high-power Type II Model II 75 mm.

The Chi-Nu II is a combination between two vehicle, the Type 3 Chi-Nu and the Type 4 Chi-To. It has the armour of the former, but the gun of the latter. Thus, while presenting itself as a more vulnerable body with only around 50 mm of armour, it has slightly better mobility than the Chi-To, a smaller profile, yet carries the same gun. Like the Chi-To, the Chi-Nu II should be played in a sniper-like format from a distance rather than up-close to the enemy and fighting them in close-quarters.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull50 / 25 / 20
Turret50 / 25 / 25
Crew5 people
Visibility88 %

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 50 mm (15°) Front plate
12 mm (76°) Front glacis
50 mm (20°) Joint plate
8.5 mm (65°) Lower glacis
20 mm (15-30°) Top
25 mm Bottom
20 mm (0-20°) Top
8.5 mm (63°) Bottom
12 mm
Turret 50 mm (16°) Turret front
50 mm (10°) Gun mantlet
25 mm (9-10°) 25 mm 12 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 50 mm 12 mm


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


Speedforward / back
AB44 / 9 km/h
RB and SB39 / 8 km/h
Number of gears8 forward
2 back
Weight20.0 t
Engine power
AB458 hp
RB and SB240 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB22.9 hp/t
RB and SB12.0 hp/t
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 9 20 372 458 18.6 22.9
Realistic 39 8 212 240 10.6 12

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB2 200 Sl icon.png
RB3 200 Sl icon.png
SB3 500 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts210 000 Sl icon.png
Aces470 Ge icon.png
Research Aces710 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 60 / 100 / 120 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 148 / 148 / 148 % Rp icon.png
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Brake System
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Crew Replenishment
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Horizontal Drive
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Adjustment of Fire
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Elevation Mechanism
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Artillery Support


Main armament

Ammunition48 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.0 → 7.7 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 15°
75 mm Type II Model II Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 48 -10°/+15° ±180° N/A 15.71 21.74 26.40 29.20 31.06 10.01 8.86 8.16 7.70
Realistic 9.82 11.55 14.03 15.51 16.50


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
Type 1 APHE APHE 149 146 133 118 105 93
Type 4 Kou APHE 151 148 137 124 112 101
Type 90 HE HE 8 8 8 8 8 8
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
Type 1 APHE APHE 865 6.56 1.3 15 84.8 47° 60° 65°
Type 4 Kou APHE 865 6.75 1.2 14 80.64 47° 60° 65°
Type 90 HE HE 830 6.17 0 0.1 490 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Chi-Nu II
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
48 17 (+31) 13 (+35) (+47) No

Turret empty: 17 (+31)

Machine guns

Ammunition3 000 rounds
Belt capacity20 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
3.9 → 3.0 s
Fire rate499 shots/min
Ammunition1 000 rounds
Belt capacity20 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
3.9 → 3.0 s
Fire rate499 shots/min
Main article: Type 97 (7.7 mm)
7.7 mm Type 97
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 1,000 (20) 498 -10°/+70° ±60°
Hull 3,000 (20) 498 -7°/+10° ±19°

Usage in battles

The Chi-Nu II is one of the best bargains you can get for the price, it has a high penetrating Type 5 cannon at a lower BR of the regular tanks carrying it (Chi-To, Chi-Ri II) in a tight package of the Chi-Nu, this comes with a somewhat weaker engine (compared to the heavier Chi-To & Chi-Ri) but the pro's outweigh the con's.

One may consider the Chi-Nu II a glass cannon, and a great one at that, the armor isn't much to write home about, but it isn't paper thin either. It's a very well rounded medium tank in playstyle and can be compared and played like a Pz.IV F2, it can destroy anything, but anything can destroy it. But unlike the Pz.IV, reload speeds are longer in exchange for a faster turret rotation.

Against the medium tanks, its simply getting the first shot off first as the 75 mm Type 5 cannon on the Chi-Nu could penetrate most through the front hull armour, with some levels of difficulty on the turret. Of course, for maximizing the Chi-Nu's own survival, attack from the sides and make sure the enemy is unaware of the Chi-Nu's presence.

The Chi-Nu II can meet heavy tanks, but will most likely be the 76 mm KV-1 series tanks, which the 75 mm can easily punch through the front armour. The Chi-Nu II can still meet the British Churchill Mk VII, which is impervious to the high-penetrating 75 mm from the front, so beware if caught in a frontal engagement.

Pros and cons


  • Powerful 75 mm cannon rivaling the T-34-85, good penetration and very low shell drop-off
  • Decent gun depression of -10°
  • Good handling, same as Chi-Nu
  • Fast and mobile
  • Narrow chassis allows access through areas inaccessible by wider tanks


  • Chi-Nu's 50 mm armour is vulnerable to most incoming fire
  • Most part of armour is only lightly sloped, even the turret
  • Reload rate quite slow
  • Angling front armour can expose weaker 35 mm side armour



The lackluster performance of Japanese tanks in World War II called for the development of newer medium tanks in the Imperial Japanese Army. The standard tank of the time was the Type 97 Chi-Ha, which has its chassis used in many expedient models to provide a bigger gun for the Japanese inventory such as the Chi-Ha Kai, Type 1 Chi-He, Type 2 Ho-I, and Type 3 Chi-Nu. Two new sophisticated tanks were also in development, the Type 4 Chi-To and the Type 5 Chi-Ri, both fielding the powerful Type 5 75 mm gun. However, these two tanks still needed time to iron out some design bugs, time that the Japanese did not have while being stared down by the Allied powers. To get the Type 5 gun out to their forces as fast as possible, designers sought a way to get the gun onto a vehicle as fast as possible. The solution laid on the Type 3 Chi-Nu, regarded as one of Japan's best tank since its production start date in 1943.[1]

The Chi-To's prototype models had larger turrets that were different from the main production model. Instead of wasting these turrets, the Japanese decided to use them on the Chi-Nu body. In March 1945, a Chi-To prototype turret was attached onto Chi-Nu chassis #37. This upgraded Chi-Nu, along the line of the Chi-Ha's upgrade, was informally labeled the Chi-Nu Kai. The design was tested on the Irago Firing Grounds on March 19th and proved itself very satisfactory in combat roles. The final design was to equip the Chi-Nu with production model Chi-To turret to increase production levels and it was to help improve Japan's armoured forces to stand up against the Allies' might. This Chi-Nu with the production Chi-To turret was known as Chi-Nu II.[1]

War's end

Like most of the Japanese late-war tanks developed and retained in the home island for the "final defense", the modified Chi-Nu and its counterparts never saw battle against Allied armour. Japan surrendered in September 1945, effectively ending World War II. A few Chi-Nu IIs were made before the end, but they are most likely sent to the scrap yard along with most of the other Japanese equipment with their demilitarization.[1]



See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sun, Eun Ae. [WT] Type3 Chi-Nu II SENSHA., 15 Jan. 2017. Web. 24 Jan. 2017. Website

Japan medium tanks
Type 97  Chi-Ha · Chi-Ha Kai · Chi-Ha Kai TD · Chi-Ha Short Gun
Type 1  Chi-He · Chi-He (5th Regiment) · Ho-I
Type 3  Chi-Nu · Chi-Nu II
Type 4  Chi-To · Chi-To Late
Type 5  Chi-Ri II
Type 61 MBT  ST-A1* · ST-A2* · ST-A3* · Type 61
Type 74 MBT  ST-B1* · Type 74 (C) · Type 74 (E) · Type 74 (F) · Type 74 (G)
Type 90 MBT  Type 90 · Type 90 (B)
Other  Ka-Chi
USA  ▅M4A3 (76) W · ▅M47
  *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) · Ka-Chi · Chi-Nu II · Type 74 (G)
Heavy tanks  Ro-Go · ▅Heavy Tank No.6
Tank destroyers  Ho-Ri Prototype · Type 75 MLRS