M42 (Japan)

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Twin 40 mm Self-Propelled Gun M42 Duster
General characteristics
6 peopleCrew
109 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
12 / 12 / 12Hull
12 / 8 / 8Turret
22.5 tWeight
954 hp500 hpEngine power
42.4 hp/t22.2 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
79 km/h forward
12 km/h back
73 km/h forward
11 km/h back
2 x 40 mm Bofors cannonMain weapon
480 roundsAmmunition
0.5 / 0.6 sReload
8 roundsBelt capacity
120 shots/minFire rate
-3° / 85°Vertical guidance
71000 Rp icon.pngResearch
210000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3730 / 5147/2400 / 3312/5380 / 7424Repair
61000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
210000 Sl icon.pngExperts
890 Ge icon.pngAces
178 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
150 % Sl icon.png100 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the SPAA M42 (Japan). For the version in the USA tree, see M42. For the Italian SPAA with a similar name, see M42 (Italy).


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The Twin 40 mm Self-Propelled Gun M42 Duster is a rank IV Japanese self-propelled anti-aircraft gun with a battle rating of 6.0 (AB) and 5.7 (RB/SB). It was introduced along with the entire Japanese Ground Forces tree in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai".

It's fast, it's got two Bofors guns, it's... mediocre at best, awful at worst, it's the American M42 Duster with a JGSDF sticker slapped on it. This tank has literally one feature that makes it any good: it's fast. Like, really fast. That and the Bofors guns actually do a decent amount of damage to aircraft when they hit. Emphasis on "when".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour: no. Just no. This tank, being built off the chassis of the M41 Walker Bulldog, has virtually no armour, and can be penetrated by literally anything in the game, except for those few tanks armed with machine guns, of course. In this tank, speed is your armour. A stationary Duster is a dead Duster unless you're firing on an aircraft, in which you should stop behind some cover.


This tank can go about 72 kph forward and 20 kph backwards. Either way, it's fast. Being built with neutral steering and lighter than the M41. It should take no difficulty to get out of a situation in a pinch.


Main armament

The M42 Duster is armed with two Bofors (40 mm) anti-aircraft guns. They have a decent rate of fire and you will seldom have to stop and wait for a reload - more likely, you'll have to wait for the gun barrel to cool down. Against aircraft, these guns are deadly. A shot or two will be more than enough to shoot down an enemy. They are also quite deadly against lightly armoured vehicles, such as enemy SPAAs or light tanks such as the Spähpanzer Ru 251 or M41 Walker Bulldog, and you can pen the side of Panthers, too. However, they require direct hits. Against the Soviet Heavy or British Medium tanks you are likely to encounter, however - and the Americans - these guns will do nothing for you. You will rarely get an opportunity to use the Bofors on another tank, as they simply lack the penetration to do so - 68mm doesn't get you very far at Rank IV. It's part of what makes the Rank IV Japanese experience so painful. If you can get the guns to hit, you should have no trouble knocking aircraft out of the sky.

Usage in battles

This tank has no armour but a lot of speed and guns that do nothing against anything with actual armour. Refrain from attacking enemies that can take a hit from you, unless you like getting "Hit +10SL +5RP". You can roam around the battlefield with your insane speed and act as a scout. Ironically, shooting enemies you know will bounce you have a reason for it because it makes them show up on the minimap for all players to see, although it will also expose you. However, you could stay with your teammates and shoot down planes that will be harassing them - they will see you, with your open-top and exposed crew, and think of you as an easy target. They know the danger of the Bofors guns but for some pilots that is a gamble, they are willing to take. A good way to lure planes toward you is the act like you don't see them - shoot off at some distant (ground) target, at which the plane will notice you are "distracted" and dive to attack you, where you can show them the error of their ways in the form of the 40mm Bofors cannon.

Pros and cons


  • Powerful 40mm Bofors guns are dangerous - both to aircraft and lightly-armoured vehicles
  • Good top speed due to using the M41 Walker Bulldog chassis
  • Very quick reload speed


  • Light armour makes it vulnerable
  • Susceptible to the Hull Break mechanic
  • Ammo racks everywhere; can be detonated by even strafing aeroplanes
  • Prolonged firing can eat through the ammo fairly quick
  • Exposed crew vulnerable to planes


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Japan anti-aircraft vehicles
Wheeled  Type 94
Tracked  Ta-Se · So-Ki
Post-War  Type 87 · Type 93
America  ▅M42