Type 75 SPH
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".
Survivability and armour
The armour of Type 75 SPH can sustain 12.7 mm machinegun fire from any side due to it being 30mm thick, but tank can be hull broken by chemical explosives of 105 mm+ caliber.
The right front side of the hull houses the driver. They are sealed away from turret compartment by 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.
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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 it's 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.
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 have to aim for cupolas, machineguns, chassis and other weakspots. 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 7 meters proximity fuse, so it does not explode upon hitting an enemy, but next to them.
This gives Type 75 an actually scary ability to annihilate tanks, which are hidden behind cover completely, which is usually something only an ATGM tank can do. It also allows HE to exploit openings in armour, which are normally unhittable by contact explosives (point mouse at a picture to get slightly more detailed explanation:
Be aware, that for proximity fuse to activate, it must fly at least 300m away from your tank. It will not work at close range. Also, not every tank should be attacked with a proximity shell, as it's not always beneficial.
Type 75: This shell doesn't have a proximity fuse, but it's muzzle velocity is 720 m/s, which makes aiming it significantly easier in RB. It also has reduced penetration power - it is 54 mm.
It is also possible to fire M110 smoke shell to blind enemy snipers or to hide someone on your team.
|Type 75 SPH Optics|
|Which ones||Default magnification||Maximum magnification|
|Main Gun optics||X8||X16|
|Comparable optics||Leopard I|
The roof mounted 12.7 mm M2HB machine gun is used to repel hostile light tanks and low flying aircraft.
Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
- Unlike all other heavy demolition tanks, like FV4005 and Centurion Mk.5 AVRE, has an autoloader and can reload about as fast as a medium tank
- Has unique proximity fuse, which allows tank destroyer to explode tanks which are hiding 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
- Hull can sustain point blank fire of 12.7 MM mg, unlike FV4005
- Can be hull broken easily by high caliber explosive shells or ATGM hitting the turret or the back of the tank, 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 APHE regardless of the hull break or ammo rack
- Is rather slow, though movements are mostly smooth
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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|Japan tank destroyers|
|Based on Ro-Go||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|