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|This page is about the Japanese premium tank Type 74G. For the regular version, see Type 74.|
The Type 74 mod G/Kai is a bundle rank VI Japanese medium tank with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.87 "Locked On".
Survivability and armour
The armour on the Type 74 is nothing special. You should never rely on it saving you and it is better to not get hit in the first place.
Do note that it can save you for the first few seconds if an IFV is firing at you so you might be able to get a shot off on it.
The survivability is also nothing unusual.
While you will often be oneshotted, the primary use of APFSDS at 8.7 can sometimes save your tank as the shrapnel doesn't spread out that much.
The same can be said for most tanks at your BR though.
Your mobility is pretty decent.
It is comparable to the OF 40 Mk 2 or Leopard A1A1 but is slightly slower and has a reverse of only 14kph instead of the 25 on the Leo and OF 40.
Be careful though, while you can outspeed Russian, British and most American medium tanks, don't expect to be faster than a BMP, TAM, Bradley or the faster premiums like OF 40 MTCA or AMX 30 Super.
The gun is identical to the tech tree version of the Type 74, a L7A3 105mm cannon.
You get a stabilizer too, but the gun depression is relatively poor so you cannot fight from ridgelines as effectively and have to show much more of your tank to get a shot at your target.
Your reload is a bit slower than comparable guns like on the Leopard A1A1, OF 40 or AMX 30 Super, but to compensate for that you get the Type 93 shell.
This APFSDS shell is the strongest KE shell at 8.7, outperforming even the mighty L44 with its DM13 and can penetrate every enemy you can face with ease from the front..
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The tank has 2 machine guns.
- 1 coaxial 7.62 mm M1919
- 1 commander's turret mounted M2HB .50 cal AA gun
The coax is relatively useless with its very weak ammunition, but the .50 will allow you to engage some helicopters and damage IFVs or SPAA.
It is also great to blind the enemy when firing at his gun sight, and can work as a ranging gun in RB.
Usage in battles
Your playstyle is very similar to other western 8.7 MBTs.
You use your mobility, flank, shoot and scoot, and do not take shots.
Pros and cons
- Decent mobility, enough to be competitive and reach most of your favourite positions
- Very good APFSDS shell (Type 93) - one of the best in its rank
- Good lineup with Type 89, Type 87 and regular Type 74
- Some armour to stop autocannons from IFVs and MBTs, such as the BMP-2, XM803, MBT-70 and the French tanks with 20 mm coax guns
- Slower than for example Leopard A1A1 or OF-40, and quite a bit slower than AMX-30 Super and OF-40 MTCA
- Worse turret rotation than other western MBTs, but still better than Russians
- Mediocre reverse speed at only 14 kph compared to the mentioned competitors
- Generally a little bit more sluggish in the steering than the other Nations MBTs
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|Japan medium tanks|
|Chassis Chi-Ha||Chi-Ha · Chi-Ha Kai · Chi-Ha Short Gun|
|Chassis Chi-He||Chi-He · Chi-He (5th Regiment) · Ho-I · Chi-Nu · Chi-Nu II|
|Chassis Chi-To||Chi-To · Chi-To Late|
|Chassis Chi-Ri||Chi-Ri II|
|Type 61 MBT||ST-A1* · ST-A2* · Type 61|
|Type 74 MBT||ST-B1* · Type 74 · Type 74 (F) · Type 74 (G)|
|Type 90 MBT||Type 90 · Type 90 (B)|
|USA||▅M4A3 (76) W|
|*ST-X Is prototype stage for said MBT|
|Japan premium ground vehicles|
|Light tanks||Ha-Go Commander|
|Medium tanks||Chi-Ha Short Gun · Chi-He (5th Regiment) · Chi-Nu II · Type 74G|
|Heavy tanks||Ro-Go · ▅Heavy Tank No.6|
|Tank destroyers||Ho-Ri Prototype · Type 75 MLRS|