Type 87

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Type 87
Type 87
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The Twin 35 mm Self-Propelled Gun Type 87 is a Rank VI Japanese Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.67 "Assault". It is incredibly similar to the German Flakpanzer Gepard, using the same 35mm Oerlikon KDA Autocannons with a similar turret. The key difference being that the Type 87 uses the chassis of a Type 90, compared to the Gepard being on the Leopard 1 chassis.

The Type 87 performs fairly well at its rank, being able to effectively engage aircraft quite well thanks to its high rate of fire, quick turret traverse and radar systems. It is also capable of fighting lightly armoured tanks such as most infantry fighting vehicles (BMP, Warrior, M3 Bradley) and effectively killing them in seconds with its rapid fire guns. The Type 87's default belts have less penetration than its predecessor, the M42 Duster SDF, although this is not much of a difference (72mm on M42 compared to 68mm on Type 87), however the Type 87 gains the ability to fight other MBTs when it unlocks the Armour Piercing belts, which have 116mm of penetration at 100m. While this is not advised, it is an incredibly handy ability to have in an emergency.

The Type 87 is also extremely proficient at shooting down helicopters - the AH-1G is a common nuisance that the Type 87 has no difficulty in destroying.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour type:

  • Aluminum Alloy AMS 4050A (Turret)
  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Hull)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 30 mm (78°) Front glacis
30 mm (21-63°) Lower glacis
20 mm 20 mm (16°) Top
20 mm (49°) Bottom
15 mm
Turret 25 mm (6-37°)
20 mm (76°) Turret underside
20 mm Turret side
10 mm Cannons
15 mm (3°) 15 mm
20 mm (69°) Turret underside


Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons) Add-on Armor
weight (tons)
Max speed (km/h)
30.5 N/A 50 (AB)
45 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 1,023 ____
Realistic/Simulator 637 720
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 26.92 __.__
Realistic/Simulator 16.76 18.95


Main armament

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Main articles: MPDR 12, Albis

The Type 87 is equipped with a MPDR 12 search radar and an Albis tracking radar. Both radars are mounted at the rear of the turret, with the search radar mounted on top of an arm and the tracking radar mounted at the base of the arm. The radar system is capable of tracking a target while scanning, but can only track targets within a 200° arc from the front of the turret. It is not possible to fold the radars at this time.

MPDR 12 - Target Detection Radar
Max Azimuth
Scan Angle
Max Elevation
Scan Angle
relative speed
15,000 m 500 m 360°  ??? 10 m/s (36 km/h)
Albis - Target Tracking Radar
Azimuth Tracking
Elevation Tracking
target speed
15,000 m 75 m ±100° -20°/+85° 15 m/s (54 km/h)

Usage in battles

As an Anti-Aircraft vehicle, you should push with your team and defend cap points while protecting them from aircraft with your powerful 35 mm guns. It should not be a problem to stay away from main battle unless you are being pushed or being overran. Here you should then aim for cannon barrels and tracks of enemy vehicles. Your hull armour may deflect inbound shots if angled correctly, but don't expect you turret to do the same, its armor is very thin and generally will be penetrated by everything at your battle rating and tier. Keep in mind you are a hull breakable vehicle so don't get hit By HEAT-FS rounds or in the engine compartment area.

Pros and cons


  • Powerful, fast firing 35mm twin Oerlikon KDA cannon
  • Quick with the Type 74 chassis, up to 58 km/h
  • Hydropneumatic suspension with the Type 74 chassis
  • Can engage tanks from their sides


  • -5 degrees of gun depression (bad compared to the Flakpanzer Gepard)
  • 30mm armor maximum
  • Any other ammunition belt other than the default costs 6600 silver lions
  • You can only have one belt selected with a meager ammo count
  • Spinning radar dish may be of nuisance in tank realistic battles


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Skins and camouflages for the Type 87 from live.warthunder.com.

See also

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  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Japan anti-aircraft vehicles
Wheeled  Type 94
Tracked  Ta-Se · So-Ki
Post-War  Type 87 · Type 93
America  ▅M42