Ha-Go Commander

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This page is about the Japanese light tank Ha-Go Commander. For other versions, see Ha-Go (Family). For other usess, see Ha-Go (Disambiguation).
Ha-Go Commander
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Ha-Go Commander
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The Type 95 Ha-Go Commander (九五式軽戦車 指揮車型「ハ号」) was a variant of the Ha-Go assigned to commanders of tank companies within the Japanese armoured forces. In the early stages, the Japanese, like many others, did not widely equip their tanks with radios, relying instead on signal flags. To ensure the tank of the company commander remained visible, it was often painted with relatively unique camouflage patterns or insignias. Command versions featured various modifications and deviations from standard production procedures. Some were equipped with a radio and circular antenna on the commander's cupola, while others, like this one, were fitted with smoke dischargers (although this feature was not exclusive to command vehicles).

The Ha-Go Commander was introduced in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai" along with the initial Japanese Ground Forces Tree and was the prize in the 2016 "Christmas gift" giveaway. The Ha-Go is deployed for its agility, which makes it suitable for the role of a support tank. Its primary duty is to assist larger tanks in their advances. However, due to its limited armour, it can be easily destroyed in combat. The Ha-Go Commander serves a similar purpose, but it is equipped with four smoke grenades, which makes it more versatile tactically. This allows for a stealthy retreat or approach, based on the commander's daring strategy and situational requirements.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull12 / 12 / 10
Turret30 / 12 / 12
Crew3 people
Visibility75 %
3/4 front view and 3/4 rear view of the Ha-Go Prototype.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 12 mm Front plate
9 mm (73°) Front glacis
12 mm (17°) Joint plate
9 mm (69°) Lower glacis
12 mm 10 mm 9 mm Front
6 mm Rear
Turret 12 mm Turret front
30 mm Gun mantlet
12 mm 12 mm 12 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 12 mm 6 mm


  • Suspension wheels and tracks are both 15 mm thick.


Speedforward / back
AB54 / 12 km/h
RB and SB49 / 11 km/h
Number of gears4 forward
1 back
Weight7.7 t
Engine power
AB229 hp
RB and SB120 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB29.7 hp/t
RB and SB15.6 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 54 12 7.7 130 229 16.88 29.74
Realistic 49 11 106 120 13.77 15.58

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB322 Sl icon.png
RB172 Sl icon.png
SB170 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications5 240 Rp icon.png
520 Sl icon.png
Crew training150 Sl icon.png
Experts1 000 Sl icon.png
Aces20 Ge icon.png
Research Aces145 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 20 / 20 / 20 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 75 / 75 / 75 % Rp icon.png
Mobility Protection Firepower
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600 Rp icon.png
60 Sl icon.png
55 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
500 Rp icon.png
50 Sl icon.png
45 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Mods new tank engine.png
960 Rp icon.png
95 Sl icon.png
85 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Improved Parts
Mods extinguisher.png
Improved FPE
Mods tank reinforcement jp.png
Crew Replenishment
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
600 Rp icon.png
60 Sl icon.png
55 Ge icon.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
500 Rp icon.png
50 Sl icon.png
45 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
560 Rp icon.png
55 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
560 Rp icon.png
55 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
960 Rp icon.png
95 Sl icon.png
85 Ge icon.png


Main armament

Shoulder stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in one plane while moving
Ammunition119 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
4.3 → 3.3 s
Vertical guidance-15° / 20°
Main article: Type 94 (37 mm)
37 mm Type 94 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 119 -15°/+20° ±180° Shoulder 14.9 20.7 25.1 27.8 29.6 4.29 3.80 3.50 3.30
Realistic 9.3 11.0 13.3 14.8 15.7


Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Type 94 APHE APHE 34 33 27 22 17 14
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
Type 94 APHE APHE 575 0.7 1.2 9 11 47° 60° 65°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Ha-Go Commander
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
119 116 (+3) 107 (+12) 94 (+25) 89 (+30) 81 (+38) 49 (+70) (+118) No

Turret & Left empty: 89 (+30)

Machine guns

Ammunition3 000 rounds
Belt capacity20 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
3.9 → 3.0 s
Fire rate499 shots/min
Main article: Type 97 (7.7 mm)
7.7 mm Type 97
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Hull 3,000 (20) 499 ±22° ±22°

Usage in battles

As a light tank in a Rank I battle, the best overall tactic is to get the first jump on an enemy since the Ha-Go's gun is able to penetrate most tank's armour, yet everyone else's can also penetrate the Ha-Go. In an offensive, try to attack the enemy from a direction not covered to catch them by surprise, then exploit it by using the Ha-Go's mobility to keep moving around the enemy once it gets close so the enemy could not get an accurate bead on it. In a defensive, hold back and try to cover a single area of contact so the Ha-Go could dispel its fire on any enemy approaching.

Pros and cons


  • 37 mm cannon has good penetration power
  • APHE shell has good post-penetration damage
  • Excellent gun depression and elevation
  • Good mobility and top speed
  • Small profile, easy to hide behind cover


  • Weak armour (12.7 mm machine guns are able to knock the tank out with ease)
  • Reverse speed is -5 km/h on any sloped ground
  • Three-man crew which means that the Ha-Go can be destroyed by a single shot, maybe two if lucky
  • Turns are sluggish at any speed
  • 37 mm gun quickly becomes outdated and ineffective against tougher foes
  • Smoke grenade launchers fire to the left side of the turret instead of the front, so you have to turn the turret to the right to cover your front



The deployment of the first Japanese domestic tank design, the Type 89 I-Go, gave the Japanese good insight on the improvement of their armoured force. One of the pressing issues of the Type 89 was that the tank was too slow to keep up with motorized infantry, restricting the operational range or advance of a combined-arm unit to only 40 kilometers. Another tank design being fielded by the Type 89, the Type 92 cavalry tank, had the speed that fixes this problem, but its armour was too thin and only had a heavy machine gun armament. Thus, development started in July 1933 on a tank able to fix these problem, with the specifications that the tank should weigh only 7.7 tons and armed with a 37 mm gun. With the same engine as the Type 89, but half of its weight, the new tank would have a faster road speed.[1]

The production of the designs was given to Mitsubishi, with a prototype produced and ready for trials in June 1934. The design was sent to Manchuria and performed cold weather trials in the Independent Mixed Brigade. These trials were positive and the second prototype design was built in June 1935 with improvements based on the trials. With a well-received performance of the design, it was accepted for service in the Imperial Japanese Army as the Type 95 Ha-Go light tank (Accepted in 1935, Imperial year 2595. 'Ha-Go' name given by Mitsubishi).[1] Production lasted from 1936 to 1943, with up to 2,300 tanks produced in the time period, making it the most produced Japanese tank design in World War II.


The Type 95 Ha-Go was a light tank weighing roughly 7.7 tons. It had a three-man crew with a turret that only held one person inside. The turret was armed with a 37 mm gun, as well as a machine gun mount on the rear of the turret just like the Type 89. The machine gun armament on the back allowed the commander to simply traverse the turret to use a certain armament for the situation desired. Despite that, the one-man turret meant the commander was overworked.

The tank used the same engine on the Type 89B, the 120 hp Mitsubishi diesel engine. The suspension on the tank was quite simple, two bogies with wheels suspended on a bell crank with a front sprocket and two return rollers on each side. The two bogies were attached to a brace, connecting the two to fix problems with the pitching that inhibited the tank's driving ability, but the suspension still gave the crew a rough ride when driving on uneven ground. A unique feature on the Type 95 design was that there was an asbestos padding area separating the interior area from the hull armour to protect the crew from burning on hot metal armour and from injury on hitting the hull from the tank's rough driving experience.

Close up image of Ha-Go turret with the smoke launcher field modification

This Ha-Go version possesses four smoke grenades, mounted on the turret's side. There is no official factory documentation as this is a field modification, utilizing the Type 99 short self-projecting smoke candle.

Combat usage

The Type 95's was first deployed in the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Type 95s in the theater were generally well-received due to the inferiority of China's anti-tank defenses and their tank forces usually consist of machine gun-armed tanks like the Panzer I and CV33. The Type 95 Ha-Go's first major combat was during the border conflicts between Japan and the Soviet Union during the battles at Khalkhin Gol. The Type 95 made up a good portion of the 4th Tank Regiment in the 1st Tank Corps, alongside Type 89s and Type 94 tankettes. These tanks generally fought against the Soviet's BT-5 and BT-7 tanks, which were in the same class as the Ha-Gos, though the Japanese took special note on the 45 mm cannon on the Soviet tanks, which they deemed superior to the Ha-Go 37 mm cannon. The two side exchanged multiple battles and territories, eventually resulting in a ceasefire between the two nations in August 1939.

The next major usage of the Type 95 Ha-Go would be in opening stages of World War II when Japan invades the Allied territory after their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. Their first usage was in the Malaya campaign, then Singapore, then the Burma campaign. Despite the British technological superiority over the Japanese with their tank designs in Europe, their self-created concept that tanks were next-to-useless in the Pacific jungles caused them to have a severe shortage of armour in the Pacific in the early stages of the war. The Japanese however, with no experience in jungle warfare, managed to invade with Type 95 alongside Type 97 mediums as their spearhead. The Type 95 would also be involved with America's first tank-to-tank battle during the Battle of the Philippines. Type 95s from the 4th Tank Regiment came across U.S. M3 Stuarts from the 192nd Tank Battalion. Despite the Stuarts being five years newer than the Type 95, the two tanks were deemed very similar performance-wise. In this engagement, the Type 95 managed to spot the U.S. tanks first and open fired, destroying one of the Stuarts in the platoon and the west withdrew under fire.

The Japanese continued using their Ha-Go in the Pacific Theater all the way until the end of the war. Even when outmatched by the newer American tanks like the M4 Shermans, the lack of any better equipment forced the Japanese Army to play with what they've got left. This led to costly defeats in the Japanese tank units on Tarawa, Saipan, Guam, Peleliu, and Okinawa as the tank units were used in reckless charges or static pillboxes as they were destroyed via tank, cannon, or bazooka fire.

After the war, the remnants of the Japanese Army left behind a huge number of Type 95 Ha-Go in their depot at the occupied territory. This led to a massive amount of tanks being captured and used by the opposing sides of the Chinese Civil War. Another curious user of the captured Japanese tanks were the French, which captured them from Japanese-occupied area in French Indochina. The French used the Japanese tanks alongside French tanks to hastily make units called 'Commando Blindé du Cambodge' to fight in the First Indochina War.



See also

Related Development
Tanks of comparable role, configuration, and era

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Zaloga Steven. Japanese Tanks 1939-1945 Great Britain: Osprey Publishing Ltd., 2007

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (三菱重工業株式会社)
Light Tanks 
Type 95  Ha-Go · Ha-Go Commander
Medium Tanks 
Type 89  I-Go Ko
Type 97  Chi-Ha · Chi-Ha Kai
Type 1  Chi-He · Chi-He (5th Regiment)
Type 3  Chi-Nu · Chi-Nu II
Type 4  Chi-To · Chi-To Late
Type 5  Chi-Ri II
Chi-Ha Derived  Ho-Ro
Chi-He Derived  Ho-I
Chi-Ri Derived  Ho-Ri Prototype · Ho-Ri Production
Other  Na-To · Ro-Go Exp.
Captured  ␗Chi-Ha · ␗Chi-Ha Kai
Note  Most tank designs would be contracted by the Army Technical Bureau to Mitsubishi
See also  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (Post-War)

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

Japan premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  Ha-Go Commander · Type 16 (FPS)
Medium tanks  Chi-Ha Short Gun · Chi-He (5th Regiment) · Ka-Chi · Chi-Nu II · Type 74 (G) · Type 90 (B) "Fuji"
Heavy tanks  Ro-Go · ▅Heavy Tank No.6
Tank destroyers  Ho-Ri Prototype · Type 75 MLRS