Type 74

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General info

The Type 74 in the Garage.

The Type 74 is a Rank VI Japanese medium tank with a battle rating of 8.7. It was introduced along with the entire Japanese Ground Forces tree in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai".

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Same gun and general ammo choices as the Leopard 1
  • Improved stock M728 APDS shot which has more penetration than the Leopard 1
  • A little bit more agile than the Leopard 1
  • .50 cal machine gun proves useful against SPAAGs, as well as strafing aircraft.
  • Better frontal armour overall than the Leopard, ZSU-57-2 will have a much harder time killing you from the front, can also bounce some APDS.
  • Hydropneumatic suspension system can give up to -12° of gun depression as well as more compatibility for terrain
  • APFSDS shell has good after-penetration effect and is capable of penetrating tough armor such as the composite armor of the T-64's hull

Cons:

  • Hydropneumatic suspension system takes time to deploy and undeploy.
  • Only -5° of gun depression without deploying the suspension.
  • 53 kph maximum compared to Leopard 1's 65 kmph (however both tanks rarely reach this speed).

Specifications

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Armaments

1 × 105 mm L7A3 cannon (50 rounds)
1 × 12.7 mm Browning M2HB heavy machine gun (1,000 rounds)
1 × 7.62 mm Type 74 machine gun (5,500 rounds)

Main armament

1 × 105 mm L7A3 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 50 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -6°
  • Gun Elevation: 9°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 14.3°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Upgraded + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Rate of Fire: 10.8s (Stock), _._s (Full Crew), _._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), _._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 × 105 mm L7A3 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 50 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -6°
  • Gun Elevation: 9°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 14.3°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Upgraded + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Rate of Fire: 10.8s (Stock), _._s (Full Crew), _._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), _._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 × 105 mm L7A3 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 50 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -6°
  • Gun Elevation: 9°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 14.3°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Upgraded + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Rate of Fire: 10.8s (Stock), _._s (Full Crew), _._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), _._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay
in m:
Fuse sensitivity
in mm:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
M728 321 320 300 280 263 258 APDS 1426 6.5 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 15° 12° 10°
M393 127 127 127 127 127 127 HESH 730 15 0.4 0.1 4,310 +0° 15° 12° 10°
M456 400 400 400 400 400 400 HEATFS 1173 11 0.0 0.1 1,270 +0° 25° 18° 15°
M735 360 355 345 330 321 300 APFSDS 1501 3.6 N/A N/A N/A ° 14° 13° 12°
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Screen radius
in m
Screen time
in s
Screen hold time
in s:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
M416 Smoke 730 11 20 5 25 50
Ammo racks
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
50 XX (X+)  (+)  (+)  (+)  (+) (+49) Turret empty:  () no

Secondary armaments

1 × 12.7 mm Browning M2HB heavy machine gun (1,000 rounds)
1 × 7.62 mm Type 74 machine gun (5,500 rounds)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver

Total: 4 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Gun mantlet)
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 40 mm (74°), 80 mm (65°) Front glacis
80 mm (57°) Lower glacis
35 mm (44°) Top
30 mm, 10 mm (55-56°) Bottom
20 mm Top
25 mm (47-48°) Bottom
25 mm
Turret 132 mm (27-53°) Turret front
200 mm (34-73°) , 150 + 170 mm (0-44°) Gun mantlet
132 mm (5-57°) Front
67 mm (37-47°) Rear
37 mm (17-39°) 67 mm Front
37 mm Rear
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 80 mm 80 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are both 20 mm thick.
  • The Type 74's hydropneumatic suspension means it could vary the sloped angle of its armour towards the enemy.
  • Hull roof is rated to be 25 mm effective against HE.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 38.0 ton

Max Speed: 59 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 1116 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 29.37 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 31°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 38.0 ton

Max Speed: 53 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 637 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 16.76 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 34°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 38.0 ton

Max Speed: 53 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 637 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 16.76 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 34°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°

Modules and improvements

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal drive
II Suspension, Brake system FPE Adjustment of fire, M393, Rangefinder
III Filters Crew replenishment Elevation mechanism, M416, Smoke grenade
IV Transmission, Engine Artillery support, M456, M735

Recommendation:

History of creation and combat usage

Development

A year after the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) issued out their first post-war main battle tank, the Type 61, development started on its successor, recognizing that the Type 61 was already becoming obsolete in terms of the new Soviet tanks being produced such as the T-62. Working alongside Mitsubishi once more, they looked for a new tank design incorporating many new features introduced in tank technology. This resulted in the tank having the hydropneumatic suspension system from the U.S.-German project MBT-70, a hull shape similar to Germany's Leopard 1, and the powerful 105 mm L7 gun for its main armament. Other planned features for the tank was a rotatable commander's cupola and an autoloader system for the main gun.

The first prototype arrived for testing in 1968 as the STB-1. Modifications to the design started in 1969, which saw the autoloader removed for being too complex and expensive, as well as the removal of a proposed remote-controlled anti-aircraft machine gun for the same reason. The turret design was also elongated for various design purposes. The modified prototype was labeled STB-3 and was delivered in 1971. The final prototype, STB-6, was then delivered in 1973. The tank was then accepted for service in 1974 as the Type 74 tank. Production would start in September 1975 all the way to 1989, producing 893 tanks.

Service

Due to the defensive nature of the JSDF and the absence of any hostility rising out of the Cold War, the Type 74 spent its service life in the JGSDF with no battle service. During its service life however, it was upgraded with new hardware such as infra-red imagers for night fighting and a laser rangefinder for the commander. Despite all that, the Type 74 was generally outdated in terms of specifications even before entering service, as second-generation main battle tanks like the Chieftain and T-72 outclass it and development for third-generation main battle tanks like the Leopard 2 and M1 Abrams were already underway.

The tank was to be replaced by the newer Type 90 main battle tank, but the collapse of the Soviet Union and the official end of the Cold War caused the replacement program to be halted. Today, the Type 74 still sees limited service in Japan and it was reported that 700 units were still in use in 2006.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the ___ from live.warthunder.com.

Videos

Type 74 MBT Super Unicorn Review
(Coarse language present)
Type 74 tanks in a public demonstration - 2014




Additional information (links)

[Devblog] Type 74: The Height of Technology
[Devblog] Hydropneumatic suspension in War Thunder

References


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Icon-country-jap.png Type 74
Nation Japan
Type Medium tank
Rank 6
Battle Rating
8.7
8.7
8.7

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
38,000 kg
83,776 lb
Number of Crew 4
Hull armour thickness
80/30/20/25 mm
3.15/1.18/0.79/0.98 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
1,116 hp
637 hp
637 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
___ hp
720 hp
720 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
29.37
29.84
16.76
17.03
16.76
17.03
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
__.__
__.__
18.95
19.25
18.95
19.25
Max speed
59 km/h
37 mph
53 km/h
33 mph
53 km/h
33 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 105 mm L7A3 Cannon
Ammo stowage 50 rounds
Vertical guidance -6°/9°
Secondary Weapon
1 x 12.7 mm M2HB Heavy machine gun
Ammo stowage 1,000 rounds
Mount Pintle mount
Vertical guidance -10°/40°
Horizontal guidance -120°/120°
1 x 7.62 mm Type 74 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 5,500 rounds
Mount Coaxial
Economy
Required RP 380,000 RP
Vehicle cost 990,000 SL
Crew training cost 280,000 SL
Max repair cost*
1,310 SL
5,910 SL
6,750 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
4d 18h
13d
13d
Free repair time (Upgraded)
_d __h
_d __h
_d __h
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