Type 5 (30 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

General info

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Available ammunition

  • Default: P · HEF · HEF-I · HEF-T
  • Universal: HEF-T · HEF-I · HEF · PT · HEF · HEF
  • Ground targets: PT · PT · HEF-T
  • Tracers: HEF-T
  • Stealth: HEF · HEF · HEF · 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 23 22 19 14 7 3
Universal 23 22 19 14 7 3
Ground targets 23 22 19 14 7 3
Tracers 3 3 3 3 3 3
Stealth 23 22 19 14 7 3
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
Tracers HEF-T 920 0.33 0.5 0.1 59.5 79° 80° 81°

Comparison with analogues

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Summarise and briefly evaluate the weaponry in terms of its characteristics and combat effectiveness. Mark pros and cons as a list.


  • HE shells deal a lot of damage
  • The cannon has good ballistics
  • The Tracer belt is full of HEFI-T shells


  • No AP rounds, incapable for CAS role
  • Belts containing Practice shells deal far less damage than others
  • Default belt tends to spark a lot


The Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service sought a replacement for their Oerlikon FF based Type 99 autocannons during the war. Like the Army Air Service, the Navy's first plan was simply scale up their 20mm cannon to a 30mm design called the Type 2. However, the design was still magazine-fed which limited its utility so they developed the newer Type 5. Unlike the earlier Oerlikon based Type 2, the Type 5 uses a more powerful 30x122mm cartridge instead of the 30x92RB and uses a combined gas and recoil action instead of the Oerlikon API action. The Type 5 was planned to be the standard armament of the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service and planned for use on the J7W1 interceptor. However, it arrived too late in the war for the planned use and only saw use on a handful of aircraft such as the J2M5 30mm fighter and the P1Y2-S torpedo bomber.


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

See also

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  • 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;
  • other literature.

Japan aircraft cannons
20 mm  Ho-1 · Ho-3 · Ho-5 · 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  M61A1 (USA) · M197 (USA) · MG FF (Germany) · MG FF/M (Germany) · MG 151 (Germany)
30 mm  M230E-1 (USA)