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The Type 98 Ke-Ni is a reserve Rank I Japanese light tank with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced along with the entire Japanese Ground Forces tree in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai". Shooting the same ammo as the Ha-Go from a better cannon and using the same chassis as the Ta-Se, this tank is a fair deal at rank I. It's definitely a good tank for beginners.
With around 12 mm of armour all around, this tank is barely bullet proof. German and British machine guns can even knock you down at point-blank range (13 mm of max pen). You crew is cramped and not numerous, which makes surviving a shot really unlikely. This is definitely not the tank to expose to any kind of shots. With its small turret, hull-down positions are efficient with this tank.
Sharing the Ta-Se's chassis, this tank is quite fast and can achieve surprising feats of mobility. Coupled with a god turret traverse speed, this tank can be reliably used in flanking manoeuvres. With its narrow tracks and good HP ratio, this tank is fast on almost any ground but easily looses speed on rough terrain or steep hills. Another good characteristic from this tank is its reverse speed of -7 km/h that allow it to effectively use peek-a-boo tactics.
Sharing the Ha-Go's ammunition but increasing its velocity, this tank offers a good learning curve from its predecessor. Even if this cannons does not have the best penetration at rank I, is has a good amount of HE filler in order to ensure that each penetrating shot deals damage. This gun only has one type of ammo but this is compensated by the presence of a coaxial MG, which can deal with unarmored targets often found at this BR.
Survivability and armour
- Rolled homogeneous armour
|Hull|| 12 + 10 mm (20-27°) Front plate
12 mm (71°) Front glacis
12 mm (2-58°) Lower glacis
| 12 mm (29-34°) Top
12 mm Bottom
| 10 mm (52°) Top
10 mm (12-52°) Bottom
|Turret|| 12 mm (0-81°) Turret front
16 mm Gun mantlet
|12 mm (25°)|| 12 mm (25°)
10 mm (24-25°) Rear door
- Suspension wheels and tracks are both 15 mm thick.
|Weight (tons)|| Add-on Armour
|Max speed (km/h)|
|Engine power (horsepower)|
|Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
|37 mm Type 100|
|Turret rotation speed (°/s)|
|Mode||Stock||Upgraded||Prior + Full crew||Prior + Expert qualif.||Prior + Ace qualif.|
|Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Stock||Prior + Full crew||Prior + Expert qualif.||Prior + Ace qualif.|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack|
|Type 94 APHE||APHE||42||40||33||26||20||15|
|Ammunition|| Type of
Mass in kg
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass in g
| Normalization At 30°
|Type 94 APHE||APHE||700||0.67||1.3||15||13||47°||60°||65°|
|110||105 (+5)||99 (+11)||81 (+29)||41 (+69)||1 (+109)||No|
Only left side: 81 (+29)
|7.7 mm Type 97|
|Capacity (Belt capacity)|| Fire rate
| Horizontal |
Usage in the battles
Being a light tank, the Ke-Ni cannot engage enemies head-on. To succeed in an assault, you need to be sneaky. Flanking is your best option, routing the enemy and going behind them. The 37mm can penetrate a surprising amount of tanks if you hit their weakspots, even if it takes a few shots. Your first aim should be to take out the engine and then the gunner or cannon, and then go from there. Never linger for too long in an open field since anything can kill you with ease. Use your good gun depression to keep an hull-down position behind hills and just pop out to shoot. Hide in bushes or behind buildings or rocks. You are quite small. Use this to your advantage.
|II||Suspension||Brake System||FPE||Adjustment of Fire|
|III||Filters||Crew Replenishment||Elevation Mechanism|
Pros and cons
- Low profile tank.
- Slightly improved 37 mm cannon compared to the Ha-Go, able to penetrate the majority of rank 1.
- Coaxial Type 97 machine gun (Japanese early tanks rarely have this feature).
- Big ammo load.
- Good reload time.
- Small ammo racks.
- Small engine: hard to hit from the front.
- Good turret traverse.
- -15° of depression.
- Has lock, which is a primitive form of vertical stabiliser.
- Decent reverse speed (-7 km/h).
- Armour: no
- Only one ammunition choice, can have difficulty dealing with heavily armored tanks.
- Only 3 crew.
- Crew is cramped.
- Hard to angle due to the shape of the armour.
A replacement for the Ha-Go light tank, 104 of the Type 98 Ke-Ni were built between 1942 and 1943. They were retained for home defence and did not see combat.
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|Japan light tanks|
|Rank I||I-Go Ko · Ha-Go · Ha-Go Commander · Ke-Ni · Ka-Mi|
|Rank VI||Type 89|
|American||▅M24 · ▅M41A1|