Type T-14 (mod. 1)
|This page is about the premium Japanese motor torpedo boat Type T-14 (mod. 1). For the regular version, see Type T-14.|
The Type T-14 (mod. 1) is a premium rank I Japanese motor torpedo boat with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy" with the release of the Japanese fleet open beta test. The Type T-14 (Mod. 01) differs from the standard Type T-14 variant by possessing a 25 mm Type 96 autocannon, whereas the standard version has a 13.2 mm Type 93 machine gun.
Survivability and armour
The Type T-14 has no armour, just a wooden hull which is 40 mm thick along with a 15 mm thick wooden superstructure. With 7 crew members, the boat cannot take many hits despite its small profile and survive. The crew compartment is located on frontal half of the boat while the ammunition supply, engine and fuel compartment sits on the rear half of the boat where the area is slightly above the water level. On top of the crew, compartment is a 25 mm turret free from obstruction by the boat's obstruction, giving it a complete 360-degree firepower coverage around the boat at the expense of protection. The torpedo bays, along with the depth charge racks, rest on the boat's rear half-section and are susceptible to explosion by gunfire.
The Type T-14 (mod. 1) has a top speed of 61 km/h (38 mph) which can be reached within 10 seconds. The boat also can go from 0 km/h to its top speed in reverse (20 km/h or 12.5 mph) in 7 seconds when in full back throttle. It takes approximately 12 seconds to halt the boat from its maximum forward speed. Its top speed doesn't quite stack up when compared to the other low tier MTBs, as it's one of the slowest in game. However its ability to turn and its general agility is great, and can comfortably dodge torpedoes or hazardous terrain.
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Modifications and economy
The cream of the crop is the boat's fearsome 25 mm Type 96 autocannon, which makes the boat a bane against any boats/ships around its BR range. The HE type rounds this gun fires will have no trouble knocking out PT boats and even larger support vessels, sometimes even wiping out an enemy boat in one magazine. The cannon has a great fire arc, being able to traverse 360 degrees, which makes knocking out ships sneaking up on your rear a lot easier. Additionally due to the HE this boat can engage targets at range and still do damage. However, the gun is not stabilised and will bounce around a lot in rougher seas, and this combined the slow rate of fire means a lot of your shots will commonly miss, but when a shot lands it will do a lot of damage, the cannon comes with three belts: universal, APT belts and HEI belts.
- Universal belts: good balance between firepower and tracer contents, useful for newcomers to the Japanese 25 mm autocannon.
- APT belts: Full of AP shells, it's recommended to take a few belts of AP in case you meet a Russian armoured river boat.
- HEI belts: Trades tracer rounds for extra firepower and stealth. Recommended for those who got used to the gun. Very good at killing PT boats.
The Type T-14 is armed with two Type 2 torpedoes, they will easily destroy any large vessel at the lower tiers, but as the maximum range is only 3 kilometers you'll need to get a bit closer to the target or choke point than you would with other torpedoes.
The boat can carry six Type 95 depth charges, which can be dropped to maim other naval targets, they have rather limited viability though as most MTBs will be able to outrun the explosion, however they are useful for sneaking up on the larger ships, as if you can reach them unnoticed one or two of these depth charges will sink the vessel.
Usage in battles
This ship has the advantage of being fairly versatile, it can engage targets at close to mid range and deal considerable damage across distances. However, at this range the cannon is fairly hard to aim accurately unless you're fighting larger vessels. At close range your cannon will be much easier to land accurately, but in tandem you'll take more damage from enemies firing back at you. Aim to spread your shots over all compartments on enemy vessels, as your cannon will deal considerable structural damage to your enemies, try to avoid firing at the same section over and over. If you're more confident with how to lead the cannon try fighting at range, as you'll be able to dish out more damage than you'll likely take, keeping you in the fight longer. If you're not so familiar with the gun playing at close range is also a good idea, as the gun is much easier to aim at closer range, allowing you to take out small enemy boats in one or two magazines. Alternatively, you can reduce the throttle of the ship (to full ahead or slower) to stabilise the ship in rough condition, allowing you to aim easier. Also, make sure you always flush your magazine to reload it after every engagement, your fire time on target is quite short, and you're going to want to maximize it as much as possible, you don't want to engage with half a magazine, as the following reload will severely cut your potential damage.
Pros and cons
- Small profile compared to other equivalent boats
- Excellent armament for a premium reserve boat - huge firepower improvement over its non-premium counterpart.
- Manoeuvrable and responsive
- 25 mm autocannon's HEI belts don't have a lot of tracers, useful for attacking enemies unnoticed
- AP belts for fighting armoured craft
- Main gun is small, and hard to knock out
- 360 degree fire arc
- Can engage targets at range
- Not the fastest boat compared to its contemporaries
- Poor survivability due to low crew count
- Poor compartment spacing, allowing the enemies to damage multiple compartments of the boat quickly
- Main gun is very unstable in rougher sea conditions
- Slow rate of fire
- Low ammo count in the magazine
- 25 mm autocannon's HEI belts have little amount of tracers, which makes aiming harder
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