Type 87 RCV (P)

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This page is about the Japanese light tank Type 87 RCV (P). For the other version, see Type 87 RCV. For other uses, see Type 87 (Disambiguation).
Type 87 RCV (P)
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Type 87 RCV (P)
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Description

The Type 87 RCV (P) is the prototype stage of the Type 87 RCV and differs primarily in the turret. While the prototype boasts only a 20 mm autocannon, it does come with an expensive stabilizer which wasn't retained in the main production version.

It was introduced in Update "La Royale". Offering the same great mobility as its main production model, its firepower is dampened due to its smaller calibre and is lesser damage and penetration as a result. The safest way to utilize the Type 87 RCV (P) is by playing in its intended role: as a reconnaissance combat vehicle. Scout out targets from vantage points, and use the 20 mm purely for self-defence and against softer targets that are doing the same recon role.

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 (67°) Upper glacis
20 mm (31-67°) Lower glacis
10 mm (21-11°) Top
10 mm (0°) Bottom
10 mm (7°) 10 mm
Turret 20 mm 10 mm 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 10 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
AB2 854 → 4 486 Sl icon.png
RB3 419 → 5 374 Sl icon.png
SB4 649 → 7 308 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications88 200 Rp icon.png
146 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 100 Ge icon.png
Crew training86 000 Sl icon.png
Experts300 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces720 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
110 / 160 / 210 % Sl icon.png
196 / 196 / 196 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tires
Research:
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Cost:
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Suspension
Research:
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Cost:
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Brake System
Research:
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Cost:
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Filters
Research:
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Cost:
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Transmission
Research:
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Cost:
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Engine
Research:
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Cost:
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Improved Parts
Research:
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Cost:
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Improved FPE
Research:
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Cost:
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
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Cost:
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Smoke grenade
Research:
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Cost:
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
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Cost:
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Research:
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
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Cost:
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Airstrike
Research:
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Cost:
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NVD
Research:
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Cost:
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
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Cost:
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Artillery Support
Research:
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Cost:
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Improved optics
Research:
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Cost:
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Research:
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Cost:
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Armaments

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

Main armament

20 mm Rh202 cannon
Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition400 rounds
Belt capacity100 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate801 shots/min
Vertical guidance-10° / 45°
Main article: Rh202 (20 mm)

With the armament the Type 87 RCV (P) gets, it's most suitable as a support vehicle that can deal with lightly armoured vehicles and low-flying aircraft. Even the improved APDS belt will lack in damage output due to its small calibre and relatively little penetration at 66 mm.

20 mm Rh202 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) 800 -10°/+45° ±180° Two-plane 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: HVAP-T · HEFI-T
  • DM51A1: HEFI-T · HEFI-T · HEFI-T · HVAP-T
  • DM43: HVAP-T · HVAP-T · HVAP-T · HEFI-T
  • DM63: APDS · APDS · APDS · HEFI-T

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
HVAP-T 57 52 37 24 15 10
HEFI-T 7 6 5 3 2 2
APDS 66 61 45 31 21 14
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
HVAP-T 1,100 0.11 - - - 66° 70° 72°
HEFI-T 1,100 0.13 0.1 0.1 11.05 79° 80° 81°
APDS 1,150 0.13 - - - 75° 78° 80°

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 - -

Usage in battles

The Type 87 RCV (Prototype) is a specialized vehicle that is designed for reconnaissance and light combat support. RCV stands for Recon Combat Vehicle, which indicates its main function of scouting the enemy positions and engaging targets that are vulnerable to its 20 mm auto-cannon. The auto-cannon can fire at a high rate and is effective against infantry, low-flying aircraft and lightly armoured vehicles such as trucks, APCs and IFVs. However, the auto-cannon has limited penetration and damage against heavily armoured vehicles such as tanks and SPGs. The auto-cannon can only disable the tracks or barrels of these vehicles, but it would require a lot of ammunition and time to do so. Therefore, it is not advisable to use the Type 87 RCV against armoured targets, but rather to report them to the team and let them handle the threat. The Type 87 RCV should be used on wide flanks, where it can exploit its mobility to find advantageous positions and spot out enemy vehicles. It can also destroy or suppress enemy snipers such as ATGM carriers and soft SPGs that are hiding in the rear. The Type 87 RCV should avoid direct confrontation with the enemy, but rather focus on providing intelligence and fire support for the team.

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
  • 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
  • High-speed gun stabilizer

Cons:

  • Relatively high profile for a recon vehicle
  • High chance of getting knocked out by a single shot frontally
  • Belts leave much to desire
    • Stock HVAP only penetrates 57 mm
    • Better APDS only penetrates 66 mm
  • Very lightly armoured
  • Only 2 reverse gears allowing it to reach -20 km/h

History

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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 (P) · Type 87 RCV

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