Chi-Ha Short Gun

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Rank 2, Sweden
"The Swedish revolver": SAV 20.12.48
Type 97 Chi-Ha Short Gun
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
75 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
25 / 25 / 12Hull
32 / 25 / 25Turret
15.0 tWeight
324 hp170 hpEngine power
22 hp/t11 hp/tSurface density
44 km/h forward
6 km/h back
39 km/h forward
5 km/h back
120 mm Navy short gunMain weapon
23 roundsAmmunition
10.0 / 13.0 sReload
-8° / 15°Vertical guidance
3 000 roundsAmmunition
3.0 / 3.9 sReload
20 roundsBelt capacity
499 shots/minFire rate
1 000 Ge icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 200/870/740Repair
2 300 Sl icon.pngCrew training
15 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
110 Ge icon.pngAces
112 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
90 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png70 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png30 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png
This page is about the premium Japanese medium tank Chi-Ha Short Gun. For other uses, see Chi-Ha (Family).


The Type 97 Chi-Ha Short Gun is a premium Rank II Japanese medium tank with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB/SB). This medium tank was introduced in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai" with the initial Japanese tank tree.

General info

Survivability and armour

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Game Mode Mobility characteristics Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Max Speed (km/h) Weight (t) AoA Weight Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 44 14.8 N/A 263 324 17.77 21.89
Realistic 40 150 170 10.13 11.49


Main armament

Main article: Short Gun (120 mm)
  • 1 x 120 mm Naval short gun (23 rounds)

- Muzzle Velocity: 290 m/s (951.4 ft/sec) - Reload (Expert Crew): 10 seconds

Additional armament

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Machine guns

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Familiar Chi-Ha chassis
  • Typically, if the round penetrates it kills
  • Ten-second reload (Expert Crew) with a 120 mm cannon
  • Five crew members
  • 30 mm of penetration at any range and angle


  • Only fires high explosive rounds
  • Poor turret traverse, just 5.1°/s
  • Large shell drop (shells only travel 290 m/s)
  • No roof-mounted anti-aircraft/infantry machine gun, which in itself, is not formidable
  • Can only carry a maximum of 23 shells


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See also

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External links

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Japan medium tanks
Chassis Chi-Ha  Chi-Ha · Chi-Ha Kai · Chi-Ha Short Gun
Chassis Chi-He  Chi-He · Ho-I · Chi-Nu · Chi-Nu II
End war  Chi-To · Chi-To Late · Chi-Ri II
Post-war  ST-A1 · ST-A2 · Type 61 · STB-1 · Type 74 · Type 74G · Type 90 · Type 90 (B)
USA  ▅M4A3 (76) W