|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". Compared to its tech tree counterpart, the Type 74, it has a minuscule upgrade to its protection in the form of sideskirts and had the IR floodlight replaced by a thermal imaging system.
Survivability and armour
The armour on the Type 74 is nothing special and shouldn't be relied upon to surviving a shot from the enemy. It is therefore better to not get hit by an enemy tank shell to begin with. Its only merit is being able to resist autocannon rounds from light tanks or IFVs, which can buy precious seconds for the Type 74G to retaliate before the enemy gets a good shot.
With four crew members, the survivability of the Type 74G after penetration is on-par with other tank designs from USA and Germany. The prominence of APFSDS shells in this rank combined with the thin armour of the Type 74G can mean instances where an APFSDS penetrates the armour and goes right through with minimal shrapnel damage, and so relatively little interior damage outside of the APFSDS' direct flight path.
The special thing about this tank is its pneumatic suspension. It give you the possibility to be fully hull-down on mountains. That capacity can make the Type 74G less visible and therefore less exposed to enemy fire.
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The Type 74G's mobility is pretty decent and comparable to the OF-40 Mk 2 or Leopard A1A1, but slightly slower. The Type 74G however has a reverse speed of only -14 km/h against -25 km/h for the previously mentioned tanks.
While the Type 74G 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. It possess one of the more potent kinetic shells with its Type 93 APFSDS penetration power. Although the reload time is not as fast as other 105 mm armed tanks that can be encountered, like the Leopard A1A1, OF 40, and the AMX-30 Super, the Type 93 APFSDS has an even greater penetration power than the L44 cannon on the Leopard A1A1 (L/44).
The gun comes with a stabilizer so firing on the move with the Type 74G is possible. However, the gun depression of 6 degrees is, on paper, relatively poor that doesn't allow for effective fighting from ridgelines, requiring a position that exposed the tank more to get a shot at your target. However, the pneumatic suspension of the Type 74G can compensate for the lack of gun depression, and so it must be utilised to get the most out of the Type 74G.
The tank has 2 machine guns.
- 1 coaxial 7.62 mm Type 74 machine gun
- 1 commander's turret mounted M2HB .50 cal AA gun
The coaxial machine gun is relatively useless with its 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
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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
- Pneumatic suspension
- 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|
|Type 97||Chi-Ha · Chi-Ha Kai · Chi-Ha Kai TD · Chi-Ha Short Gun|
|Type 1||Chi-He · Chi-He (5th Regiment) · Ho-I|
|Type 3||Chi-Nu · Chi-Nu II|
|Type 4||Chi-To · Chi-To Late|
|Type 5||Chi-Ri II|
|Type 61 MBT||ST-A1* · ST-A2* · ST-A3* · 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 · ▅M47|
|*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|