Type 97 (57 mm)
The Type 97 (57 mm) is a direct upgrade over the Type 90 (57 mm) with the aim of improving its functionality and endurance.
Both cannons are designed to full-fill the role of the Type 89 I-Go and Type 97 Chi-Ha of infantry support tanks and result for that reason in a low velocity cannon meant to be primarily loaded with HE.
Vehicles equipped with this weapon
The Type 97 (57 mm) as its predecessor the Type 90 (57 mm) are low velocity cannons still offer quite the elevation and depression to make for a great cannon to lob shells over cover.
Considering the penetration and explosive mass, the Type 3 HEAT shell is the bread and butter for tank combat on the Type 97 (57 mm), It will most certainly keep its penetration over longer ranges and has the highest explosive mass without fuse delay.
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Type 92 APHE||APHE||21||21||19||16||14||13|
|Type 3 HEAT||HEAT||55||55||55||55||55||55|
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|Type 92 APHE||APHE||349||2.58||1.2||9.0||103||47°||60°||65°|
|Type 3 HEAT||HEAT||380||1.80||N/A||0.1||303.36||62°||69°||73°|
Comparison with analogues
Type 97 (57 mm) is a direct upgrade over the Type 90 (57 mm) with the aim of improving its functionality and endurance.
With a slightly longer barrel 57 mm L/18.5 (1.057 m) vs 57 mm L/18.4 (1.050 m) but in exchange doesn't really change the characteristics of shell performance other than increasing the maximum firing range from 4km to 6km.
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|Japan tank cannons|
|35 mm||Oerlikon KDE|
|37 mm||Type 1 · Type 94 · Type 100|
|47 mm||Type 1|
|57 mm||Type 90 · Type 97|
|70 mm||Type 94|
|75 mm||Lightweight Type I Model II · Type II Model I · Type II Model II · Type 3 · Type 90 · Type 99|
|90 mm||Type 61|
|105 mm||Experimental High Velocity · JSW · Type 5|
|106 mm||Type 60 (B)|
|120 mm||Navy short gun · Type 90 L/44|
|150 mm||Type 38|
|155 mm||NSJ L/30|
|75 mm||M6 (USA)|
|76 mm||M1 (USA) · M32 (USA)|
|88 mm||KwK36 (Germany)|
|90 mm||M3A1 (USA)|
|105 mm||L7A3 (Germany)|
|China tank cannons|
|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||Type-62-85-TC · ZIS-S-53 (USSR)|
|90 mm||M3 (USA) · M41 (USA)|
|100 mm||D-10S (USSR) · Type 59 · Type 69|
|105 mm||M68 (USA) · M68A1 (USA) · Type 83 · ZPL94|
|115 mm||U-5TS (USSR)|
|122 mm||A-19 (USSR) · D-25T (USSR)|
|125 mm||Type 88C|
|152 mm||ML-20S (USSR)|
|Japan naval cannons|
|20 mm||JM61 · Type 98|
|25 mm||25 mm/60 Type 96|
|37 mm||Type 4 · Type 11 pattern 1922|
|57 mm||Type 97|
|75 mm||Type 88 AA|
|76 mm||8 cm/40 Type 3|
|80 mm||8 cm/60 Type 98|
|100 mm||100/65 mm Type 98 mod A|
|120 mm||120 mm/45 10th year type · 120 mm/45 Type 3 · 120 mm/45 Type 10|
|127 mm||5 inch/40 Type 89 · Type 3|
|140 mm||140 mm/50 3rd Year Type|
|152 mm||15 cm/50 Type 41|
|155 mm||155 mm/60 Type 3|
|200 mm||20 cm 3rd year type No.1|
|203 mm||20 cm/50 3rd year type No.2|
|40 mm||40 mm/62 Vickers (Great Britain) · Bofors L/60 Mark 1 (USA) · Bofors L/60 Mark 3 (USA)|
|76 mm||3 inch Mk.33 (USA)|