Type 98 (20 mm)

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This page is about the Japanese cannon Type 98 (20 mm). For other uses, see Type 98 (Disambiguation).


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General info

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Available ammunition

  • Default: API-T · HEFI-T · HEFI-T
  • Type 100 AP-T: API-T
  • Type 100 HE-T: 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
HEFI-T 2 2 2 2 2 2
API-T 48 45 35 26 19 14
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
HEFI-T 950 0.13 0 0.1 6 79° 80° 81°
API-T 928 0.16 - - - 47° 60° 65°

Comparison with analogues

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

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While the Imperial Japanese military often looked to Great Britain and Germany for inspiration and licenses for weapons prior to World War I, the Treaty of Versailles forbidding the further existence of a domestic arms industry in Germany caused Japan to look to France instead for small arms and artillery. The 13.2mm Hotchkiss Mle. 1930 was built under license and adopted by the Imperial Japanese Navy in 1933 as the Type 93 in the anti-aircraft role and the Type Ho 13 mm by the Imperial Japanese Army. Further development of the Type 93 created the Type 98 20 mm AA machine gun, a scaled-up model that became the main anti-aircraft gun of the IJA during World War II. First seeing combat during the Soviet-Japanese border skirmishes in the late 1930s, the Type 98 was adopted in the year 2598 on the Japanese calendar (1938 using the Western Gregorian calendar).

The Type 98 made up about 80% of the IJA's anti-aircraft gun inventory and was the gun used for their self-propelled anti-aircraft designs such as the Isuzu Type 94 AA machine cannon carrier truck, the Type 98 AA half-track, and the Type 98 Ta-Se and So-Ki designs based on the Type 98 Ke-Ni light tank. The Imperial Japanese Army's coastal forces also used the Type 98 on their Motor Torpedo Boats.


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See also

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Japan naval cannons
20 mm  JM61 · Type 98
25 mm  25 mm/60 Type 96
37 mm  Type 4 · Type 11 pattern 1922
40 mm  40 mm/62 Vickers
57 mm  Type 97
75 mm  Type 88 AA
76 mm  3-inch/40 Type 41 · 8 cm/40 3rd Year Type · 8 cm/60 Type 98
100 mm  100/65 mm Type 98 mod A
120 mm  120 mm/45 3rd Year Type · 120 mm/45 10th year type
127 mm  5 inch/40 Type 89 · 127 mm/50 3rd Year Type
140 mm  140 mm/50 3rd Year Type
152 mm  6-inch/45 Type 41 · 15 cm/50 Type 41
155 mm  155 mm/60 3rd Year Type
200 mm  20 cm 3rd year type No.1
203 mm  20 cm/50 3rd year type No.2
356 mm  36 cm/45 Type 41
40 mm  Bofors L/60 Mark 1 (USA) · Bofors L/60 Mark 2 (USA) · Bofors L/60 Mark 3 (USA)
76 mm  3 inch Mk.33 (USA) · 3-inch Mk.34 (USA)
120 mm  4,7-inch/40 Armstrong (Britain)
127 mm  5 inch/38 Mk.12 (USA)
305 mm  12-inch/45 Vickers (Britain) · 12-inch/50 Vickers (Britain)

Japan anti-aircraft guns
20 mm  Type 98 Anti-Air Gun
12.7 mm  M2HB (USA)
20 mm  Rh202 (Germany)
35 mm  Oerlikon KDA (Swiss)
40 mm  M2 Dual Automatic Gun (USA)