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The Ji-Ro is a rank I Japanese tank destroyer with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Ixwa Strike". The Ji-Ro is a modification of the Ro-Go platform. It features a French model 120 mm Schneider-Canet cannon as its main armament.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull25 / 25 / 25
Turret12 / 0 / 0
Crew7 people
Visibility107 %

Similar to the Ro-Go it is based off of, the Ji-Ro's armor is mostly comprised of large flat armor plates, though some are slightly angled. Front armor maxes out at 30 mm, with the angled sections such as the upper glacis being 25 mm thick. The shield surrounding the cannon, and by extension the crew, is 12 mm thick. Given the mostly flat shape of the Ji-Ro's hull and relatively average armor thickness for its battle rating, a majority of incoming fire will be taken with full force, especially if it hits the flat plates at the front of the vehicle. Slightly angling the front of the Ji-Ro may result in some shell ricochets, however. Much like it's predecessor, the Ho-Ro, the Ji-Ro can be easily penetrated by most other vehicles at its Battle Rating, but it does feature some odd angles that may result in lucky bounces. The Ji-Ro does have a large crew count of 7, although they are rather lined up and a majority of them are in the open.

Armour type:

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 25 - 30 mm 25 mm Top
30 mm Bottom
25 mm 12 - 25 mm
Gun shield 12 mm Gun shield



Speedforward / back
AB25 / 8 km/h
RB and SB23 / 7 km/h
Number of gears5 forward
1 back
Weight25.5 t
Engine power
AB553 hp
RB and SB290 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB21.7 hp/t
RB and SB11.4 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 25 8 25.5 412 553 16.16 21.69
Realistic 23 7 256 290 10.04 11.37

The Ji-Ro shares the same drivetrain as the Ro-Go, featuring an inline 6-cylinder engine. The Ji-Ro has mediocre mobility, noticeably more sluggish than its Chi-Ha based counterparts.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB380 → 470 Sl icon.png
RB570 → 705 Sl icon.png
SB700 → 865 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications5 960 Rp icon.png
4 500 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost410 Ge icon.png
Crew training1 800 Sl icon.png
Experts6 300 Sl icon.png
Aces80 Ge icon.png
Research Aces140 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
30 / 60 / 70 % Sl icon.png
106 / 106 / 106 % Rp icon.png
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
400 Rp icon.png
300 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
330 Rp icon.png
250 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
330 Rp icon.png
250 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
500 Rp icon.png
380 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
970 Rp icon.png
730 Sl icon.png
150 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
970 Rp icon.png
730 Sl icon.png
150 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
400 Rp icon.png
300 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
330 Rp icon.png
250 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement jp.png
Crew Replenishment
500 Rp icon.png
380 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
400 Rp icon.png
300 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
330 Rp icon.png
250 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
500 Rp icon.png
380 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png


Main armament

Ammunition16 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
13.0 → 10.0 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 15°
Horizontal guidance-12° / 12°

The 120 mm main armament of the Ji-Ro will penetrate almost everything at it's BR within a reasonable distance. The cannon, while considerably antiquated having been designed in 1897, fires a Semi-Armor-Piercing-Capped Ballistic Capped round, which penetrates a maximum of 68 mm of armor at 10 m, even at 1,000 m the SAPCBC round can penetrate 53 mm of armor, certainly powerful enough to deal with most opponents at this BR. The round has a relatively low muzzle velocity and an average firing arc. The HE round has a significant amount of filler but does not have one shot potential like the HE round of the Ho-Ro or the S.I.G.33 (150 mm).

120 mm Schneider-Canet 1898 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 16 -10°/+15° ±12° N/A 8.8 12.2 14.8 16.4 17.4 13.00 11.50 10.60 10.00
Realistic 5.9 7.0 8.5 9.4 10.0


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
Schneider-Canet HE HE 25 25 25 25 25 25
Schneider-Canet SAP SAPCBC 63 62 58 53 49 45
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
Schneider-Canet HE HE 580 20.4 0 0.1 1,970 79° 80° 81°
Schneider-Canet SAP SAPCBC 580 20.46 1.2 19 1,430 48° 63° 71°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Ji-Ro
rack empty
rack empty
16 (+8) (+15) No


  • Shells are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.
  • If you pack 9 (+8) shells, it will keep the left side of the hull empty of ammo.

Machine guns

Ammunition1 950 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
Rear 1,950 (20) 498 -8°/+20° ±110°

Usage in battles

The Ji-Ro plays like its predecessor on the tech tree, the Ho-Ro, but with some key differences. It has a faster reload time, but is noticeably less mobile and a larger target, a trait inherited from its basis on the Ro-Go chassis. Also unlike the Ho-Ro, the SAPCBC round has very good penetration and does not rely solely on HE filler to cause damage. It is completely open topped and the gun shield is only 12 mm thick, making the exposed crew extremely vulnerable to CAS and heavy machine gun fire. However, the Ji-Ro does have some tricks up it's sleeve - specifically the rear machine gunner. Like the Ro-Go, this crewman is largely useless in terms of offense, but will rarely be the first to be knocked out in a fight, essentially giving the player a somewhat guaranteed crew replacement. Play the Ji-Ro like you would other Rank I and II Japanese Tank Destroyers, either freelance and find a good spot to get the jump on opponents, or stay back with other players and support from the rear. Like other Japanese SPG's, you are somewhat of a glass cannon. Remember that you can only spawn with 16 rounds maximum.

Pros and cons


  • Fantastic main armament for the BR.
    • Low penetration fall off even at extreme ranges.
    • One shot potential against most matchups.
    • Faster reload than the Ho-Ro.
  • More crew members than other tank destroyers in the lower rank Japanese tree (Ho-Ro and Ho-Ni series).
    • Rear machine gun position provides opportunities for a "free" crew replacement.


  • Overall the armor is average at best, poor at worst.
    • The crew is mostly exposed and is at the mercy of .50 calibers, aircraft, artillery and if flanked LMG fire.
  • Mobility is overall worse compared to the majority of Chi-Ha based tank destroyers, the Ji-Ro is comparatively sluggish.
    • Mediocre top speed of 25 km/h.
  • 16 shell maximum ammo count.
  • Somewhat slow shell velocity can be hard to aim.


Msg-important.png Ji-Ro & Experimental 12 cm Self Propelled Gun are unrelated [1] [2];

- The Ji-Ro was a casemate Type 95 Ro-Go design [3]

- The Experimental was a Type 95 Ro-Go with a 12cm Schneider field prototype [4]

The Ji-Ro (sometimes referred to as the Ji-Ro Sha, or incorrectly, the Hi-Ro or Hiro-Sha), was a prototypical modification to the Type 95 Heavy Tank. The Type 95 was in itself a low production experiment, but its hull was the basis for a few other trials, namely for its use as an SPG. Allegedly, a few different configurations were brought to the drawing board. One configuration, known only on paper as the Ji-Ro, was a fully enclosed SPG with the cannon located in the rear. Another design was the result of using the Type 95 hull as an open topped SPG, replacing the two turrets with a 120 mm Schneider-Canet cannon mounted at the front of the chassis. This design, unlike the enclosed SPG, was definitely built and can be seen in photographs. Both a long and a short version of the cannon were tested. These cannons were originally of French origin and built under license by the Japanese. The open topped project present in War Thunder was actually dubbed the "Experimental 12 cm Self Propelled Gun", while the other design was technically named the Ji-Ro.


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, 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 series of the vehicles;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

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

  1. 斯加式十二糎速射加農砲, Ref.C01007469500
  2. 斯加式十二糎速射加農砲, Ref.C01003984100
  3. Ji-Ro Blueprint
  4. Experimental Image