Type 87 RCV

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This page is about the Japanese light tank Type 87 RCV. For the Japanese SPAA, see Type 87.
Type 87 RCV
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Type 87 RCV
AB RB SB
8.0 8.3 8.3
Class:
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Description

The Type 87 RCV (Reconnaissance Combat Vehicle) is a rank V Japanese light tank with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB) and 8.3 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Direct Hit". It is nicknamed "ブラックアイ" (Black-Eye) but is commonly simply referred to as RCV.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull20 / 10 / 10
Turret20 / 10 / 10
Crew5 people
Visibility107 %

Most of the survivability will result from the lack of armour, most of the vehicle is covered by 10 mm armour with some frontal plates at 20 mm protection. It will be easy to be penalized by machine gun fire if spotted but, if the bullets/shells hit in empty spots from the side, the shells will go clean through without any damage to crew or components.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Hull, Turret)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 10 mm (68°) Upper glacis

20 mm (31-66°) Lower glacis

10 mm (10°) Top
10 mm (0°) Bottom
10 mm (8°) 10 mm
Turret 20 mm 10 mm 4 + 10 mm 10 mm
Cupola 10 mm

Notes:

  • Wheels are 10 mm thick
  • Has some external modules like fuel cans, mud flaps & optics all at 4 mm thick
  • Radiators are 5 mm thick

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB112 / 13 km/h
RB and SB101 / 12 km/h
Number of gears12 forward
2 back
Weight15.0 t
Engine power
AB582 hp
RB and SB305 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB38.8 hp/t
RB and SB20.3 hp/t

As a wheeled reconnaissance vehicle, it is able to get to positions rather fast especially when keeping on roads, allowing for easy flanking and getting on vantage points to scout out the enemy team.

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 112 13 15 473 582 31.53 38.8
Realistic 101 12 270 305 18 20.33

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB4 350 → 6 838 Sl icon.png
RB4 370 → 6 869 Sl icon.png
SB4 700 → 7 388 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications130 200 Rp icon.png
215 400 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 300 Ge icon.png
Crew training120 000 Sl icon.png
Experts420 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces830 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 120 / 170 % Sl icon.png
208 / 208 / 208 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tires
Research:
6 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
5 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 900 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
5 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 900 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
8 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
4 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
3 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 900 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
8 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Research:
6 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
25mm_M242_HE_ammo_pack
Research:
6 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
5 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 900 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
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Airstrike
Research:
5 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 900 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
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NVD
Research:
5 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 900 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Research:
8 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
25mm_M242_APDS_ammo_pack
Research:
8 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Improved optics
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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25mm_M242_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Main armament

25 mm Oerlikon KBA B02 cannon
Ammunition400 rounds
Belt capacity100 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate561 shots/min
Vertical guidance-10° / 45°

With the armament the Type 87 RCV gets, it's most suitable as a support vehicle that can deal with lightly armoured vehicles and low flying aircraft. Once the APFSDS belt has been unlocked it can deal with most MBTs it faces by shooting out critical components one by one as this subcalibre 25 mm has barely any spalling effect.

25 mm Oerlikon KBA B02 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 400 (100) 560 -10°/+45° ±180° N/A 57.1 79.1 96.0 106.2 113.0 10.40 9.20 8.48 8.00
Realistic 35.7 42.0 51.0 56.4 60.0

Ammunition

  • Default: APDS · HEI-T* · HEI-T* - The standard belt that can fulfill both roles (anti-air and lightly armoured vehicles) but weaker against ground targets.
  • M792: HEI-T* · HEI-T* · HEI-T* - This belt is adapted for targeting aircraft with its high-explosive shells.
  • M791: APDS · APDS · APDS - This belt is adapted for targeting lightly armoured vehicles with its armour-piercing rounds.
  • PMB 09: APFSDS - This belt is adapted for targeting medium armoured vehicles with its armour-piercing fin-stabilized rounds.
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 80 79 73 67 61 55
M792 3 3 3 3 3 3
M791 80 79 73 67 61 55
PMB 09 92 90 83 75 62 58
Belt details
Belt Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
PMB 09 APFSDS 1,385 0.1 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
4 (+0) (+1) (+2) (+3) Yes

Machine guns

Ammunition4 000 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate701 shots/min
Main article: Type 74 (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm Type 74
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 4,000 (250) 701 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

As a wheeled reconnaissance vehicle with only a 25 mm autocannon to use, it's best played in its intended role, spotting the enemy team, using its fast manoeuvrability to flank, and shooting down low flying aircraft. It is best compared to the R3 T20 FA-HS with the benefits that a light tank gets: scouting and reducing SP for aircraft spawns.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • From the side on:
    • Crew spaced out enough to not die in a single shot
    • Because of light armour, it is able to take shells without much damage from spalling
  • Powerful PBM 09 APFSDS round
    • High penetration, enough to penetrate many vehicles up to 500 - 1,000 m
    • High muzzle velocity, requiring little lead and little shell drop for engaging targets at range
    • Decent rate of fire
  • Great mobility
    • Able to reach 100 km/h on roads with ease
    • Fast enough to reach 50 km/h off-road

Cons:

  • Relatively high profile for a recon vehicle
  • High chance of getting knocked out by a single shot frontally
  • Default belt leaves much to desire
  • Very lightly armoured
  • Only 2 reverse gears allowing it to reach -20 km/h

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Media

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See also

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Komatsu Ltd. (株式会社小松製作所)
SPRG  Type 60 SPRG (C)
APC  Type 60 ATM
MLRS  Type 75 MLRS
RCV  Type 87 RCV
IFV  Type 89

Japan light tanks
Type 89  I-Go Ko
Type 95  Ha-Go · Ha-Go Commander
Type 98  Ke-Ni
Type 2  Ka-Mi
IFV  Type 89
Wheeled  Type 87 RCV · Type 16
USA  ▅M24 · ▅M41A1