Type K-8 (1944)
14 x Type 95 depth chargeSetup 3
The Type K-8 / No.13 Class, Kusentei (1944) is a rank II Japanese sub-chaser with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy".
Survivability and armour
The Type K-8 / No.13 Class, Kusentei (1944)'s primary characteristic is her exceptional survivability for the BR. With a crew count of 80 she's got nearly the double of the second-best vessel, and nearly 7 times the crew count of any US vessel in this BR. She's also the only ship within her BR to have 7 hull sections, at least one more than all the other ships. Overall this gives her an outstanding ability to survive even a focused gun fire from multiple boats.
That said though - she has some weak points to her survivability. First of all, she has one of the thinnest armour layers, making it impossible to deflect even the lowest calibre guns at nearly any range. Secondly her primary gun is fully exposed, leading to it being often disabled under enemy fire. And lastly her ammunition storage is exposed fully over the water level, directly under the primary gun, making for a significant chances of ammo-racking the ship.
With the top speed of 33km/h she's a relatively large, lumbering target. It's not helped by an average rudder turning speed of 4.85s. Overall it's an attractive target for a torpedo attacks and a long-range gunnery fire.
8 cm/40 Type 3 cannon is more useful for long range fight. It have quite fast reload but on short range you cant compete against nimble boats with fast firing cannons.
Same as the predecessors Type K-3 and Type K-7, this boat is equipped with three single mountings of the 25 mm Type 96 autocannon, which makes for a very potent secondary weapon. The HE type rounds this gun fires will have no trouble knocking out PT boats and even larger support vessels, sometimes even with one magazine all together. You can also use AP type rounds will have no problem with armoured boats. Two cannons are placed on sides and one on back (similiar to Type K-3) which means two of them can shoot to the side at the same time and they can cover a fairly wide area together, which makes knocking out ships a lot easier. Additionally due to the HE these cannons can engage targets at range and still do damage. This cannon can also cause critical damage to aircraft with only a single hit.
- Universal belts: good balance between firepower and tracer contents, useful for newcomers to the Japanese 25 mm autocannon.
- APT belts: Full of AP shells, it's recommended to take a few belts of AP in case you meet a Russian armoured river boat.
- HEI belts: Trades tracer rounds for extra firepower, harder to aim but very good at knocking out PT boats and aircraft.
Unlike predecessors, this boat have separate anti-aircraft armament which consists from twin Type 93 (13.2 mm) machine guns. Although you should still rely on you secondary armament as anti-aircraft which can do significantly more damage compared to 13.2 mm machine gun.
Usage in battles
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|Ka-Ro||Type 4 Model 2 · Type 4 Model 4|
|No.1 Class||Type K-3 / No.1 Class|
|No.4 Class||Type K-7 / No.4 Class|
|No.13 Class||Type K-8 (1944)|