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Type 3 Ho-Ni III
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
75 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
25 / 25 / 12Hull
25 / 25 / 25Turret
17 tWeight
324 hp170 hpEngine power
19.1 hp/t10 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
44 km/h forward
7 km/h back
40 km/h forward
6 km/h back
75 mm Type 3 cannonMain weapon
46 roundsAmmunition
5.5 / 7.1 sReload
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
-10° / 10°Horizontal guidance
11000 Rp icon.pngResearch
38000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1100 / 1360/1100 / 1360/1300 / 1608Repair
11000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
38000 Sl icon.pngExperts
210 Ge icon.pngAces
124 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
130 % Sl icon.png90 % Sl icon.png50 % Sl icon.png
Msg-info.png This page is about the tank destroyer Ho-Ni III. For the other version, see Ho-Ni I


GarageImage Ho-Ni III.jpg

The Type 3 Ho-Ni III is a Rank II Japanese tank destroyer with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced along with the entire Japanese Ground Forces tree in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai". It handles and plays very similarly to the Ho-Ni I before it, but has been refined with the addition of more crew, a faster reload time, and most importantly, armor around the gun crew. However, it pays a slight cost of reduced top speed.

General info

Survivability and armour

Having 25mm of armor coverage around the entire gun crew, the Ho-Ni III no longer needs to fear artillery shrapnel or strafing runs from fighter aircraft. Do note however that it's still vulnerable to bombs, rockets and artillery hits!

However, if the Ho-Ni III takes a hit, it is now much more likely to survive with more crew, as three of them must be knocked out for it to be inoperable.

Another small armor increase is seen on the front of the tank, with the driver and radio station protected with another 10mm of armor, leaving it at still a poor 35mm.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 25 mm (12-31°) Front plate
17 mm (80-81°) Front glacis
15 mm (63°) Joint plate
15 mm (37-59°) Lower glacis
25 mm (40°) Top Left
20 mm (24-27°) Top Right
20 mm Bottom
17 mm (69°) Top
20 mm (4-58°) Bottom
12 mm
Superstructure 25 mm (15-16°) Front
25 mm (3-47°) Gun mantlet
25 mm (24-26°) 25 mm (10-11°) 10 mm


  • Suspension wheels and tracks are both 15 mm thick.
  • Driver's port on the front plate is 10 mm thick.
  • An extra 10 mm of armour is plated on top of the bow machine gun area, left from the driver's position.


The only drawback of the Ho-Ni III compared to its previous version, is that the tank has a slight decrease in top speed. On flat grass, it reaches a top speed of 32km/h, compared to the Ho-Ni I's top speed of 36km/h.

Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons) Add-on Armour
weight (tons)
Max speed (km/h)
16.8 N/A 44 (AB)
40 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 263 324
Realistic/Simulator 150 170
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 15.65 19.29
Realistic/Simulator 8.93 10.12


Main armament

Main article: Type 3 (75 mm)

The Ho-Ni III features a virtually identical 75mm gun as on the previous Ho-Ni I, still being a great cannon, even with a slightly higher battle rating. With the addition of two dedicated loaders, the gun also gets almost a second cut down on its reload time, making it capable of even more destruction.

75 mm Type 3
Capacity Vertical
46 -10°/+20° ±10° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 14.09 19.50 __.__ __.__ 27.86
Realistic 9.52 11.20 __.__ __.__ 16.00
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
7.15 __.__ __.__ 5.50
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
Type 1 APHE APHE 102 100 91 81 72 64
Type 94 HE HE 11 11 11 11 11 11
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
in m/s
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
0% 50% 100%
Type 1 APHE APHE 668 6.56 1.3 15 67.84 -1° 47° 60° 65°
Type 94 HE HE 522 6.02 0.1 0.1 810 +0° 79° 80° 81°
Smoke characteristic
Ammunition Velocity
in m/s
Mass in kg
Screen radius
in m
Screen time
in s
Screen hold time
in s:
Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Type 90 Smoke 570 5.72 13 5 20 100
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the Ho-Ni III.
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
46 45 (+1) 41 (+5) 37 (+9) 24 (+22) (+45) no

Turret empty: 37 (+9)

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Effective 75mm gun with APHE can penetrate all enemies at its rank
  • Fully enclosed crew compartment = better protection from strafing airplanes


  • Thin armour; close-quarters fighting is not advised
  • No coaxial machine gun to use against airplanes or GAZ trucks.


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See also

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External links

Japan tank destroyers
Based on Chi-Ha  Ho-Ni I · Ho-Ni III · Ho-Ro · Chi-Ha LG
Based on Ho-Ki  Na-To
Based on Ho-Ri  Ho-Ri Prototype · Ho-Ri Production
Post-war  Type 60 SPRG (C) · Type 60 ATM · Type 75 MLRS · Type 75 SPH · Type 16