Ho-103 (12.7 mm)

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Description

The Ho-103 is a variant of the Japanese Type 1 short-recoil operated heavy machine gun. The design was based on the M1921 Browning and chambered for the Italian 12.7x81SR cartridge. Compared to contemporaries such as the M2 Browning, the Ho-103 weighed less but had significantly lower muzzle velocity and projectile mass.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Fighters 
Ki-43  Ki-43-I (Modification) · Ki-43-II · ▃Ki-43-II · ␗Ki-43-III ko
Ki-44  Ki-44-I · Ki-44-I 34 · Ki-44-II hei · ␗Ki-44-II hei · Ki-44-II otsu
Ki-61  Ki-61-I hei · Ki-61-I hei Tada's · Ki-61-I ko · Ki-61-I otsu · ▃Ki-61-Ib · ␗Ki-61-I otsu · Ki-61-I tei · Ki-61-II
Ki-84  Ki-84 ko · ␗Ki-84 ko
Ki-100  Ki-100 · Ki-100-II
Twin-engine fighters  Ki-45 ko · Ki-45 otsu

General info

The Ho-103 is the variant of the Type 1 machine gun intended for fixed mounting. It is directly related to the Ho-104; the Ho-104 being intended for flexible mounting.

Rate of fire 900 RPM
Weapon mass 23 kg
Muzzle velocity 780 m/s
Cartridge 12.7x81SR Breda

Available ammunition

  • Default: T · Ball · Ball · Ball · AP
  • Universal: AP · T · IAI · T · I
  • Air targets: AP-T · T · HE-I · HE-I
  • Tracers: T · AP-T
  • Stealth: AP · AP · HE-I · HE-I
Penetration statistics
Belt Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Default 18 17 6 5 0 0
Universal 18 17 6 5 3 3
Air targets 18 17 6 5 3 3
Tracers 18 17 6 5 0 0
Stealth 18 17 6 5 3 3

Comparison with analogues

The Ho-103 is one of the weakest aircraft HMGs in War Thunder.

Projectile mass (and thus explosive/incendiary payload) is lower than both the American .50 BMG and the German 13x64B cartridges. Muzzle velocity is slightly higher than the German MG 131, but over 100 m/s lower than the American M2. The low mass and low velocity reduce the effective range of the weapon and increase the necessary angle for bullet drop compensation.

Usage in battles

  • Due to the low velocity, it is often impractical to use the Ho-103 at anything other than close range
  • The typically low ammunition count of Japanese aircraft using the Ho-103 means that ammunition must be conserved judiciously.
  • The Default and Tracer belts should not be used if possible. The lack of explosive incendiary bullets greatly reduces damage dealt.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • The weapon itself is fairly light
  • The fired 12.7 mm rounds consistently do more damage than 7.7 mm

Cons:

  • Low muzzle velocity
  • The available shells have comparatively weak payloads

History

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Media

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See also

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External links


Aircraft machine guns
USA 
7.62 mm  Browning · M134 Minigun
12.7 mm  M2 Browning · M3 Browning
Germany 
7.62 mm  MG3
7.92 mm  MG 15 · MG 17 · MG 81
12.7 mm  FN M3P
13 mm  MG 131
USSR 
7.62 mm  DA · GShG-7.62 · PV-1 · ShKAS
12.7 mm  A-12.7 · Berezin UB · YaK-B
Britain 
7.62 mm  L8A1
7.7 mm  Browning · Vickers E · Vickers K
Japan 
7.7 mm  Te-1 · Type 89 · Type 89 'special' · Type 92 · Type 97 navy
7.92 mm  Type 1 · Type 98
12.7 mm  Ho-103 · Ho-104
13 mm  Type 2
13.2 mm  Type 3
Italy 
7.7 mm  Breda-SAFAT · Lewis
7.92 mm  FN Browning
12.7 mm  Breda-SAFAT · FN M3M · Scotti
France 
7.5 mm  Darne 1933 · Fabrique Nationale Mle 38 · FN Browning · MAC 1934 · MAC 1934T · Mle 33 · Mle 1923
7.62 mm  PKA
Sweden 
8 mm  Ksp m/22 · Ksp m/22 Fh · Ksp m/22 Fv · Ksp m/22-37 R
12.7 mm  Akan m/39A · Akan m/40 · Akan m/45 · LKk/42
13.2 mm  Akan m/39 · Akan m/39A