Ho-5 (20 mm)

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Write an introduction to the article in 2-3 small paragraphs. Briefly tell us about the history of the development and combat using the weaponry and also about its features. Compile a list of air, ground, or naval vehicles that feature this weapon system in the game.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Ki-43  Ki-43-III otsu
Ki-61  Ki-61-I tei · Ki-61-II
Ki-84  Ki-84 hei · Ki-84 ko · Ki-84 ko · Ki-84 otsu
Ki-87  Ki-87
Ki-94  Ki-94-II
Ki-100  Ki-100 · Ki-100-II
Twin-engine fighters  Ki-45 tei · ␗Ki-45 hei/tei · Ki-83 · Ki-96 · Ki-108
Attackers  Ki-102 otsu
Bombers  Ki-67-I Ko (Defensive) · Ki-67-I otsu (Defensive)

General info

Tell us about the tactical and technical characteristics of the cannon or machine gun.

Available ammunition

  • Default: HEF-I · P · AP-T
  • Universal: HEF-I · HEF-I · AP-T
  • Ground targets: AP-T · AP-T · HEF-I
  • Tracers: AP-T
  • Stealth: HEF-I · HEF-I · HEF-I · P
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 22 19 13 6 2 2
Universal 22 19 13 6 2 2
Ground targets 22 19 13 6 2 2
Tracers 22 19 13 6 0 0
Stealth 22 19 13 6 2 2

Comparison with analogues

Give a comparative description of cannons/machine guns that have firepower equal to this weapon.

Usage in battles

Describe the cannon/machine gun in the game - its distinctive features, tactics of usage against notable opponents. Please don't write a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but give the reader food for thought.

Pros and cons


  • Insane rate of fire at 800 RPM to 950 RPM makes the Ho-5 the fastest-firing WWII cannon in the game
  • Excellent accuracy while in prolonged bursts once gun is upgraded
  • High explosive (HE) shells have Incendiary (I) element which work better than the Type 99's


  • Not the best explosive effect compared to other nations
  • Low ammo pool and high fire rate require for trigger discipline
  • Armour-piercing (AP-T) is bad against planes and armour > 10 mm
  • Tracer belt is full of AP-T
  • Mediocre muzzle velocity


Examine the history of the creation and combat usage of the weapon in more detail than in the introduction. If the historical reference turns out to be too long, take it to a separate article, taking a link to the article about the weapon and adding a block "/History" (example: https://wiki.warthunder.com/(Weapon-name)/History) and add a link to it here using the main template. Be sure to reference text and sources by using <ref></ref>, as well as adding them at the end of the article with <references />.


An excellent addition to the article would be a video guide, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

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 article about the variant of the cannon/machine gun;
  • references to approximate analogues by other nations and research trees.

External links

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  • topic on the official game forum;
  • encyclopedia page on the weapon;
  • other literature.

Japan aircraft cannons
20 mm  Ho-1 · Ho-3 · Ho-5 · JM61A1 · Type 99 Model 1 · Type 99 Model 2
30 mm  Ho-155 · Type 5
37 mm  Ho-203 · Ho-204 · Type 94
40 mm  Ho-301
57 mm  Ho-401
75 mm  Type 88
20 mm  M61 (USA) · M197 (USA) · MG FF (Germany) · MG FF/M (Germany) · MG 151 (Germany)
30 mm  M230E-1 (USA)

China aircraft cannons
20 mm  AN/M2 (USA) · B-20E (USSR) · Hispano Mk.II (Britain) · Ho-3 (Japan) · Ho-5 (Japan)
  M39A1 (USA) · M39A2 (USA) · M61 (USA) · M61A1 (USA) · ShVAK (USSR) · Type 99 Model 1 (Japan)
23 mm  NR-23 (USSR) · NS-23 (USSR) · NS-23K (USSR) · Type 23-2K
30 mm  Type 30-1
37 mm  Ho-203 (Japan) · N-37D (USSR)