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|This page is about the tank destroyer Ho-Ni III. For the preceding vehicle of similar name, see Ho-Ni I.|
The Type 3 Ho-Ni III is a Rank II Japanese tank destroyer with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced along with the entire Japanese Ground Forces tree in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai". It handles and plays very similarly to the Ho-Ni I before it, but has been refined with the addition of more crew, a faster reload time, and most importantly, armor around the gun crew. However, it pays a slight cost of reduced top speed.
Survivability and armour
Having 25mm of armor coverage around the entire gun crew, the Ho-Ni III no longer needs to fear artillery shrapnel or strafing runs from fighter aircraft. Do note however that it's still vulnerable to bombs, rockets and artillery hits!
However, if the Ho-Ni III takes a hit, it is now much more likely to survive with more crew, as three of them must be knocked out for it to be inoperable.
Another small armor increase is seen on the front of the tank, with the driver and radio station protected with another 10mm of armor, leaving it at still a poor 35mm.
- Rolled homogeneous armour
|Hull|| 25 mm (12-31°) Front plate
17 mm (80-81°) Front glacis
15 mm (63°) Joint plate
15 mm (37-59°) Lower glacis
| 25 mm (40°) Top Left
20 mm (24-27°) Top Right
20 mm Bottom
| 17 mm (69°) Top
20 mm (4-58°) Bottom
|Superstructure|| 25 mm (15-16°) Front
25 mm (3-47°) Gun mantlet
|25 mm (24-26°)||25 mm (10-11°)||10 mm|
- Suspension wheels and tracks are both 15 mm thick.
- Driver's port on the front plate is 10 mm thick.
- An extra 10 mm of armour is plated on top of the bow machine gun area, left from the driver's position.
The only drawback of the Ho-Ni III compared to its previous version, is that the tank has a slight decrease in top speed. On flat grass, it reaches a top speed of 32km/h, compared to the Ho-Ni I's top speed of 36km/h.
|Weight (tons)|| Add-on Armour
|Max speed (km/h)|
|Engine power (horsepower)|
|Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
The Ho-Ni III features a virtually identical 75mm gun as on the previous Ho-Ni I, still being a great cannon, even with a slightly higher battle rating. With the addition of two dedicated loaders, the gun also gets almost a second cut down on its reload time, making it capable of even more destruction.
|75 mm Type 3|
|Turret rotation speed (°/s)|
|Mode||Stock||Upgraded||Prior + Full crew||Prior + Expert qualif.||Prior + Ace qualif.|
|Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Stock||Prior + Full crew||Prior + Expert qualif.||Prior + Ace qualif.|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration in mm @ 90°|
|Type 1 APHE||APHE||102||100||91||81||72||64|
|Type 94 HE||HE||11||11||11||11||11||11|
|Ammunition|| Type of
Mass in kg
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass in g
| Normalization At 30°
|Type 1 APHE||APHE||668||6.56||1.3||15||67.84||-1°||47°||60°||65°|
|Type 94 HE||HE||522||6.02||0.1||0.1||810||+0°||79°||80°||81°|
Mass in kg
| Screen radius
| Screen time
| Screen hold time
| Explosive Mass in g|
|Type 90 Smoke||570||5.72||13||5||20||100|
|46||45 (+1)||41 (+5)||37 (+9)||24 (+22)||1 (+45)||no|
Turret empty: 37 (+9)
Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
- Effective 75mm gun with APHE can penetrate all enemies at its rank
- Fully enclosed crew compartment = better protection from strafing airplanes
- Thin armour; close-quarters fighting is not advised
- No coaxial machine gun to use against airplanes or GAZ trucks.
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|Japan tank destroyers|
|Based on Chi-Ha||Ho-Ni I · Ho-Ni III · Ho-Ro|
|Based on Ho-Ri||Ho-Ri Production · Ho-Ri Prototype|
|Post-war||Type 60 SPRG (C) · Type 60 ATM · Type 75 MLRS · Type 75 SPH · Type 16|