Type 1 (47 mm)
The Type 1 47 mm tank gun is a Japanese dedicated anti-tank gun to improve the anti-tank capability over the Type 94 (37 mm).
Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Tell us about the tactical and technical characteristics of the cannon or machine gun.
|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||77||75||67||58||50||44|
|Type 1 HE||HE||4||4||4||4||4||4|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|Type 1 APHE||APHE||808||1.49||1.2||9||22.4||47°||60°||65°|
|Type 1 HE||HE||822||1.4||0||0.1||85.26||79°||80°||81°|
Comparison with analogues
- Pak.(t)(Sf.) (47 mm) - The German (Czech) cannon has the longest barrel 47 mm in-game with far better accuracy but doesn't keep up in initial velocity and is filled with less HE filler.
- 20-K (45 mm) - Less velocity and penetration with more HE filler
- 47/32 mod.39 (47 mm) - Far less velocity and penetration with more HE filler
Usage in battles
Pros and cons
- Relatively high velocity
- Short barrel results in bad accuracy at longer ranges
With the service of the Type 94 (37 mm) in the early 1930s and the overall low amount of armour on the Sino-Japanese front, Japanese anti-tank development didn't get high priority but didn't stop the Army from experimenting to improve on the Type 94.
Improvement started on the shells, giving them more capacity and penetration characteristics. Afterward, development called for a new caliber anti-tank gun increasing it to 47 mm. By 1937 the prototype cannon was dubbed the 47 mm Type 97 Prototype Cannon and had a barrel length of 2515mm, an initial shell velocity of 730m/s, and a weight of 567kg. Multiple examinations took place from March testing the human towing and mobility of the gun carriage, In November the ballistics were tested.
In 1939 after the Nomonhan Incident (Battles of Khalkhin Gol), The Japanese weakness in tank forces was portrayed with the low velocity of the Chi-Ha's 57 mm getting out ranged by lightly armoured Soviet T-26 and BT-series. But the overall anti-tank effectiveness of the Type 94 (37 mm) field gun and Ha-Gos were sufficient enough to finish Soviet armour but still after a Japanese defeat, it provided Army High Command a valid reason to further develop improvements to anti-tank and tanks.
In September of 1939, development to increase anti-tank capability started. The development in 1941 moved to further developing the 47 mm Type 97 Prototype Cannon and a redesign took place. By July a trial production of the 47 mm Type 1 Mobile Trial Cannon began and by May 1942 production and formalized as the 47 mm Type 1 Mobile Cannon.
The changes over the 37 mm Type 94 and 47 mm Type 97 Prototype included a new suspension to the cannon and rubber tires instead of steel / wood making it towable by vehicles mobilizing Japan's cannon arsenal.
Parallel to improving the cannon, a tank gun variant was being developed to improve the Type 97 Chi-Ha, it simply used the same cannon with a slightly shorter barrel resulting in slightly less velocity and penetration with the same shells.
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- Related Development
|Japan tank cannons|
|37 mm||Type 94 · Type 100 · Type 1|
|47 mm||Type 1|
|57 mm||Type 90 · Type 97|
|70 mm||Type 94|
|75 mm||Type 90 · Type 99 · Type 3 · Lightweight Type I Model II · Type II Model I · Type II Model II|
|90 mm||Type 61|
|105 mm||Experimental Type 5 High Velocity · Type 5 · JSW L/52|
|106 mm||Type 60 (B)|
|120 mm||Taishō Type 10 · Navy short gun · Type 90 L/44 · TKG|
|150 mm||Type 38|
|155 mm||NSJ L/30|
|25 mm||Oerlikon KBA B02 (Switzerland)|
|35 mm||Oerlikon KDE (Switzerland)|
|75 mm||M6 (USA)|
|76 mm||M1 (USA) · M32 (USA)|
|88 mm||KwK36 (Germany)|
|90 mm||M3A1 (USA) · M36 (USA)|
|105 mm||L7A3 (Germany)|
|120 mm||Schneider-Canet 1898 (France)|
|China tank cannons|
|85 mm||Type-62-85-TC · Type 63|
|100 mm||PTP86 · Type 59 · Type 69 · Type 69-II|
|105 mm||Type 83 · WMA301 · ZPL94 · ZPL98A|
|120 mm||122TM · PTZ89|
|125 mm||Type 88C · Type 99A · ZPT98|
|20 mm||KwK30 (Germany)|
|37 mm||M6 (USA)|
|45 mm||20-K (USSR)|
|47 mm||Type 1 (Japan)|
|57 mm||Type 97 (Japan) · ZIS-2 (USSR)|
|73 mm||2A28 (USSR)|
|75 mm||M2 Howitzer (USA) · M3 (USA) · M6 (USA)|
|76 mm||D-56T (USSR) · F-34 (USSR) · M1 (USA) · M7 (USA) · ZIS-3 (USSR)|
|85 mm||ZIS-S-53 (USSR)|
|90 mm||M3 (USA) · M41 (USA)|
|100 mm||D-10S (USSR)|
|105 mm||M68 (USA) · M68A1 (USA)|
|115 mm||U-5TS (USSR)|
|122 mm||A-19 (USSR) · D-25T (USSR)|
|152 mm||ML-20S (USSR)|