Type 75 SPH

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RANK VI USSR
T-72AV (TURMS-T) PACK
Type 75 SPH
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Type 75 SPH
AB RB SB
6.3 6.3 6.3
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Purchase:210 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

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The Type 75 SPH is a rank IV Japanese tank destroyer with a battle rating of 6.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull30 / 30 / 30
Turret30 / 30 / 30
Crew6 people
Visibility96 %

The armour of Type 75 SPH resists 7.62 MG from any side and can sustain 12.7 mm machinegun when angled from any side, however, the hull is made out of aluminium, so it's actual effective armour is around 15 mm. Because of that, the tank can be hull broken by chemical explosives of 105 mm+ calibre.

For that reason, it is not recommended to drive to hostile tanks closer than 300 m and slightly angle to avoid being shot with MG from the side and about 700 m to avoid unnecessary damage. Slightly angle the tank towards passageways to have a chance of making a reply shot. Do not angle too much, to avoid exposing your sides or triggering fuses on V rank APHE, which mostly has 19 mm trigger with exception of German and some US tanks which have 14 mm sensitive fuse.

Front of the hull can take the most of the MG punishment due to various modules taking damage for the crew, with high chance of just being set on fire instead, however, if enemy aims for the turret they will eventually hit weaker flat parts and hit the non-critical crew with a chance of taking out the gunner. Keep your opponents on your left to prevent that from happening.

The right front side of the hull houses the driver. They are sealed away from turret compartment by the engine and fuel tanks. The turret houses the rest of the crew. Quite often, explosive damage to one section does nothing to the other, however, pure AP shells can potentially penetrate modules and destroy crew in both of the sections, or hit the charges on the floor of the turret.

Armour type:

  • Aluminium alloy 7039 (hull, turret)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 30 mm (13°) Front glacis
30 mm (52°) Lower glacis
30 mm Top
30 mm Bottom
30 mm (1°) 25 mm
5 mm Radiators
Turret 30 mm (13-16°) Turret front
30 mm Gun mantlet
20 mm Barrel shroud
30 mm (13-47°) 30 mm (1°) 25 mm
30 mm Gun mantlet

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 25 mm thick.
  • Belly armour above tracks is 35 mm thick.
  • One 8 mm structural steel plate separates the engine compartment from the crew compartments.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB51 / 16 km/h
RB and SB47 / 15 km/h
Number of gears4 forward
1 back
Weight25.3 t
Engine power
AB859 hp
RB and SB450 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB34.0 hp/t
RB and SB17.8 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 51 16 25.3 639 859 25.26 33.95
Realistic 47 15 398 450 15.73 17.79

The Type 75 SPH can move surprisingly fast and can challenge T-54 (1947) when driving on flat terrain.

The problems start when the terrain is less than perfectly flat, as Type 75 SPH's suspension is very stiff. Something as mundane as trenches will not just slow down stock Type 75 SPH, but stop it entirely and leave it struggling to drive over it. Upgrades to chassis make this problem less jarring but it still exists.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 760 → 3 651 Sl icon.png
RB2 980 → 3 942 Sl icon.png
SB3 440 → 4 551 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications58 300 Rp icon.png
98 500 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training61 000 Sl icon.png
Experts210 000 Sl icon.png
Aces890 Ge icon.png
Research Aces570 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
110 / 150 / 170 % Sl icon.png
178 / 178 / 178 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
2 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 300 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 300 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
3 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 200 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
6 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
6 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
2 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 300 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement jp.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
3 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 200 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Research:
2 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
155mm_M110_Smoke_ammo_pack
Research:
2 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 300 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
155mm_M107_HE_PF_ammo_pack
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 300 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Research:
3 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 200 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
155mm_Type_75_HE_ammo_pack
Research:
3 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 200 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods night vision device.png
NVD
Research:
6 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Main armament

155 mm NSJ L/30 cannon
Autoloader
Automatically feeds projectiles into the breech. The speed does not depend on the skills of the loader
Ammunition28 rounds
First-order18 rounds
Reload10.0 s
Vertical guidance-5° / 65°
Main article: NSJ L/30 (155 mm)
In arcade mode, Type 75 SPH can act even as artillery - find a target about 1,200 meters away, go to sniper seat, aim at them, adjust the gun distance to their position and fire. There is nothing they can do about it because you can fire like this even over mountains. This trick is unlikely to work in RB due to inferior rangefinding capability.

155 mm cannon of this tank destroyer is capable of launching Heavy Explosive shells at the enemy. It does not carry any other offensive ammunition, however, it carries three different types of HE. What separates its gun from most of other "Demolition tanks" is the autoloader, which allows it to reload at least three times faster than any other tank like this, which is insane. As a side effect, the reload speed is not affected by the crew skills and status and will always remain the same.

The gun is surprisingly accurate even when stock at up to ~700 m ranges and can still hit even past 1 kilometre away. While it does not hit the exact mark, it is usually good enough.

155 mm NSJ L/30 cannon Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 28 -5°/+65° ±180° N/A 10.6 14.6 17.8 19.6 20.9 10.0 10.0 10.0 10.0
Realistic 7.1 8.4 10.0 11.3 12.0

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
M107 HE 61 61 61 61 61 61
M107 (PF) HE-VT 61 61 61 61 61 61
Type 75 HE 54 54 54 54 54 54
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
M107 HE 580 43.1 0.1 0.1 9.14 79° 80° 81°
M107 (PF) HE-VT 580 43.1 0 0 9.14 79° 80° 81°
Type 75 HE 720 43.6 0.1 0.1 6.80 79° 80° 81°
Smoke shell characteristics
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Screen radius
(m)
Screen deploy time
(s)
Screen hold time
(s)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
M110 563 40.8 25 5 30 50

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Type 75 SPH
Full
ammo
Ammo
part
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
28 Projectiles
Propellants
19 (+9)
19 (+9)
10 (+18)
(+27)
(+27)
N/A
No

Notes:

  • Projectiles and propellant bags are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.
  • Projectiles:
    • Racks 2 and 3 (autoloader magazines) are first stage ammo racks. They total 18 shells.
    • These racks get filled first when loading up the tank and are also emptied first.
    • As it is equipped with an autoloader, manual reloading of the gun is not possible.
    • Once the autoloader magazines have been depleted, you can't shoot until the loader has restocked the autoloader. The restocking time is longer than the normal reload time of the gun. Take this into account when playing.
    • Simply not firing when the gun is loaded will move ammo from rack 1 into racks 2 and 3. Firing will interrupt the restocking of the ready racks.
    • The depletion order at full capacity is: 2 - 3 - 1.
  • Propellants:
    • Rack 2 contains 18 propellant bags (14 from the forward rack + 4 from the rear rack)
    • Rack 1 contains only 10 bags on the rear rack.
    • Simply not firing when the gun is loaded will move ammo from rack 1 into rack 2. Firing will interrupt the restocking of the ready racks.
    • The depletion order at full capacity is: 2 - 1.

Optics and night vision

Type 75 SPH Optics
Type of optic Magnification Night Vision Devices
Image Intensifier Thermal Imager
Resolution
Notes
Resolution Light Mult Noise Level
Gunner's Sight X8 - X16 N/A N/A N/A Not Fitted
Commander's View X6 N/A N/A N/A Not Fitted
Driver's View X1 / 3PV 800X600  ? high Not Fitted Only useable with an upgrade
  • Zoom level specified in X-ray. Type 75 SPH has optics similar to ST-A1 and they are much cleaner than German sniper scopes of the rank.

While optics are very powerful on this tank, they may be inconvenient to use in RB until the type 75 shell is researched due to low velocity of the standard shell. In arcade mode, unless you are trying to launch the top shell at a distance over 1,000 m it rarely matters.

Even in the worst cases, the excessive magnification power can still be exploited if the user manually zero-in gun scope to 300-X m distance, so they can directly aim at tanks even with maximum zoom. This helps to target out their weak spots and launch HE exactly where it hurts when the tank is spaded. This comes with a disadvantage of the scope being too high for close combat, so keep the "reset" button or third-person view aim ready.

Use Rangefinder and zero-in the gun distance manually wherever necessary to make operating the tank easier. For example, to use proximity shell against a tank in cover, range-find the object which they hide behind, set scope distance to that exact number and intentionally overshoot it by a few meters.

Machine guns

Ammunition600 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reload8.0 s
Fire rate577 shots/min
Vertical guidance-8° / 45°
Main article: M2HB (12.7 mm)
12.7 mm M2HB
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 600 (200) 576 -8°/+20° ±120°
  • The roof mounted 12.7 mm M2HB machine gun is used to repel hostile light tanks and low flying aircraft.


Usage in battles

This vehicle is very powerful with its high explosive and fuze shells, however it comes at a cost. The Type 75 is the very definition of glass cannons, this vehicle is incredible at close range engagements, but can not snipe long distances as it is an artillery howitzer. It is recommended that you watch your surroundings as this vehicle has so little armor that machines guns alone can penetrate your armor. Used right, this vehicle can dominate the battlefield as its proximity fuze shell can easily take out an enemy behind cover.

It is also highly recommended to become familiar with large maps. Experiment on large maps using some landmarks to help with long distance aiming.

Ammunition

M107: Your stock shell. Has a muzzle velocity of 580 m/s and 61 mm of penetration power. Can essentially destroy almost any tank that doesn't have ERA shielding in one hit. As with other HE tanks, like Ho-Ro, it can't penetrate armour directly on many tanks, so one has to aim for cupolas, machineguns, chassis and other weak spots. For example M103 have great frontal armour, but it can be simply shot at the turret base, and the shockwave will breach hull roof armour and hit the ammo rack located just below the turret in the hull, resulting in instant tank destruction.

M107 (PF): Same shell as stock one, but with a twist. It has a 3 meters proximity fuse, so it does not explode upon impact but earlier instead, when the radio fuse (inside the shell) detects an obstacle nearby.

This shell is able to blast low flying aircraft down from the sky if necessary, although a lot of practice or reliance on arcade mode 'shot prediction' will be necessary.

It also gives Type 75 an actually scary ability to annihilate tanks that are hiding behind cover completely, which is usually something only an ATGM tank can do. It also allows HE to exploit openings in armour of some assault tanks, which are normally unhittable by contact explosives, although it's more up to luck if this works (point mouse at a picture to get a slightly more detailed explanation):

Be aware, that for proximity fuse to activate, it must fly at least 300 meters away from your tank, so it will not work at close range.

It will also react to the ground surface, so try to overshoot your opponent so that the shell remains higher than 3 meters from the ground before it reaches your target. In many cases, the proximity fuse shell will detonate before reaching the enemy, due to nearby obstacles accidentally triggering the fuse.

Not every tank should be attacked with a proximity shell, as it's not always beneficial. For example, Soviet medium and heavy tanks do not have any glaring weakspots, which can be potentially hit by an airburst shockwave, so they should only be attacked by normal HE ammo. On contrary, their SPAA and light tanks are as vulnerable as they are dangerous, and so it is reasonable to try and spend some proximity shells to weed them out, instead of leaving your cover and risking being annihilated by suppressing fire.

Type 75: This shell doesn't have a proximity fuse, but its muzzle velocity is 720 m/s, which make it more reliable at over 1 km range and allow for significantly easier and faster aim in RB. It was achieved by reducing its power - it can only penetrate up to 54 mm of RHA.

It is also possible to fire M110 smoke shell to blind enemy snipers or to hide someone on your team.

Modules

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal Drive M110
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire M107 (PF)
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism Type 75
IV Transmission Engine NVD

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Unlike all other heavy demolition tanks, like FV4005 and Centurion Mk.5 AVRE, the Type 75 has an autoloader and can reload about as fast as a medium tank
  • The low velocity of the stock shell makes it possible to fire from behind some hills while keeping most of the Type 75 hidden
  • Has the unique privilege of the proximity fuse shell, which allows tank destroyers to take out enemies behind cover and exploit their normally untouchable weaknesses
  • 8X to 16X zoom can be used to locate and annihilate hostile tanks, however, rangefinding is necessary for comfortable use
  • Angled turret can sustain a point-blank fire of 12.7 mm and some damage can be taken without instantly exploding the tank or reducing reload speed down to 1.5 minutes like in the case of FV4005, although an enemy should be kept on the left side to have a chance of survival

Cons:

  • Can be hull broken easily by high calibre explosive shells or ATGM hitting the turret or the back of the tank, the operator can't be oblivious of their surroundings
  • Most of critical components and crew are located in the turret, in RB it can be destroyed in one good hit of sensitive APHE regardless of the hull break or ammo rack, although 19 mm fuse APHE will just act like normal AP
  • Turret is rather slow, though movements are mostly smooth
  • 12.7 mm rounds have no problem penetrating the front of the turret
  • Noticeably quite bouncy when braking

History

Development of the Type 75 self-propelled howitzer began in the late 1960s, when Japan sought to procure a mobile self-propelled artillery unit alongside a smaller caliber SPG. This resulted in the creation of the Type 75 and Type 74, respectively.

The Type 75’s design was largely based on that of the existing Type 74 SPG and Type 73 APCs, sharing many components and even assembly lines, all in an effort to reduce costs and save resources. Development was split between two Japanese companies, with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries developing the chassis, while Japan Steel Works developed the turret and cannon.

Two prototypes were ready by the early 1970s, differing only in the type of loading mechanism used. Trials of these prototypes were conducted between 1973 - 1974. In October 1975, based on the test results, the prototype with a drum-fed autoloading mechanism was picked for series production.

Production of the Type 75 commenced in 1975 and went on until 1988, when all of the initially ordered 201 units were built. Although the Type 75 is still in active service with the JGSDF since their initial introduction in 1975, the number of units has gradually been decreasing in recent years as the Type 75 is slowly being phased out and replaced by the Type 99 155mm self-propelled howitzer.

The Type 75 has not yet participated in any combat operations during its service life and has been exclusively operated by the JGSDF thus far.

- From Devblog

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See also

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External links


Japan tank destroyers
Ji-Ro  Ji-Ro
Based on Chi-Ha  Ho-Ni I · Ho-Ni III · Ho-Ro · Chi-Ha LG
Based on Ho-Ki  Na-To
Ho-Ri  Ho-Ri Prototype · Ho-Ri Production
Post-war  Type 60 SPRG (C) · Type 60 ATM · Type 75 MLRS · Type 75 SPH · Type 16