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Type 3 Ho-Ni III
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
75 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
25 / 25 / 12Hull
25 / 25 / 25Turret
17.0 tWeight
324 hp170 hpEngine power
19 hp/t10 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
43 km/h forward
6 km/h back
39 km/h forward
5 km/h back
75 mm Type 3 cannonMain weapon
46 roundsAmmunition
5.5 / 7.1 sReload
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
-10° / 10°Horizontal guidance
11 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
38 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png820 / 1 014/820 / 1 014/1 120 / 1 385Repair
11 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
38 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
210 Ge icon.pngAces
124 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
130 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png50 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the tank destroyer Ho-Ni III. For the preceding vehicle of similar name, see Ho-Ni I.


GarageImage Ho-Ni III.jpg

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, armour around the gun crew. However, it pays a slight cost of reduced top speed.

General info

Survivability and armour

Having 25 mm of armour 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 direct artillery hits! However, if the Ho-Ni III takes a hit, likely to survive with more operational crewmembers, as three of them must be knocked out before the vehicle becomes inoperable.

Another small armour increase is seen on the front of the tank, with the driver and radio station protected with another 10 mm of armour, though with this added strength, it still leaves an undesirable total width of a lacking 35 mm.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
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
12 mm
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.


Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 43 6 17 241 324 14.18 19.06
Realistic 39 5 150 170 8.82 10

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 32 km/h, compared to the Ho-Ni I's top speed of 36 km/h.


Main armament

Main article: Type 3 (75 mm)

The Ho-Ni III features a modernized Type 3 75 mm tank gun, based on the Type 90 75 mm field 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 in a fully closed casemate, 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) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 46 -10°/+20° ±10° N/A 14.09 19.50 23.68 26.20 27.86 7.15 6.33 5.80 5.50
Realistic 9.52 11.20 13.60 15.04 16.00


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 103 101 92 82 73 65
Type 94 HE HE 12 12 12 12 12 12
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
Type 1 APHE APHE 668 6.56 1.3 15 84.8 47° 60° 65°
Type 94 HE HE 522 6.02 0.1 0.1 810 79° 80° 81°
Smoke shell characteristics
Ammunition Velocity
Mass (kg)
Screen radius
Screen deploy time
Screen hold time
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Type 90 Smoke 570 5.72 13 5 20 100

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Ho-Ni III
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
46 45 (+1) 41 (+5) 37 (+9) 24 (+22) (+45) No

Turret empty: 37 (+9)

Usage in battles

The Ho-Ni III plays very similar to the Ho-Ni I with the added benefit of two extra crew which cuts down on the reload time for the 75 mm gun.

The starting Japanese player will also be quite accustomed to the handling of the hull, as it still is based on the Chi-Ha. But due to the added weight of the fully enclosed casemate, it is slower compared to its brother Chi-Ha.

With the added benefit of the casemate and crew, the Ho-Ni III sports better survivability, though, most shells will not knock you out in one shot due to having a total of five crew members. The crew isn't out in the open anymore and has sufficient armour from machine-gun fire from both ground & air enemies. Knowing this, you can stand to take more chances of sitting in one location and not have to worry about aircraft making a single pass and taking the vehicle out.


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 Type 90 Smoke

Pros and cons


  • Effective 75 mm gun with APHE can penetrate all enemies at its rank
  • Effective -10° gun depression
  • Fully enclosed crew compartment provides better protection from strafing aircraft
  • Five man crew, three can be knocked out and the tank will still operate
  • Good gun traverse speed
  • Mobility is decent due to being built on a Chi-Ha chassis
  • Can utilise smoke shells


  • Thin armour; close-quarters fighting is not advised
  • Four men are densely packed in the casemate
  • No coaxial machine gun to use against aircraft or GAZ trucks
  • Top speed is less compared to the Chi-Ha due to the added weight of the casemate


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See also

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

External links

Japan tank destroyers
Based on Chi-Ha  Ho-Ni I · Ho-Ni III · Ho-Ro · Chi-Ha LG
Based on Ho-Ki  Na-To
Based on Ho-Ri  Ho-Ri Prototype · Ho-Ri Production
Post-war  Type 60 SPRG (C) · Type 60 ATM · Type 75 MLRS · Type 75 SPH · Type 16