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Type 95 Ha Go Light Tank
Technical Information

Background
Designated the Type 95 Ha Go light tank was developed in the early 1930s and used for the duration of the Pacific War until the official surrender of Japan in September 1945. In the early 1930s by the Imperial Japanese Army (IJN) began experimenting on a mechanized warfare unit combining infantry with tanks. However, the Type 89 medium tank could not keep pace with trucks motorized infantry, which could move at 40 kmh by truck. To solve this problem, the Army Technical Bureau proposed a new light tank at 40 kmh speed. In 1933 they started development with the first prototype finished by the Army Sagami Arsenal in 1934. It was a high-speed and lightly-armored tank comparable to the British cruiser tank or Soviet Union BT Fast Tank. This tank has a rounded turret with a square front. The tracks have four boogies wheels in two pairs on each side. The tank had no radio equipment. Used by both the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) and Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN).

Production
Over 2,200 were produced between 1936–1943 by Mitsubishi, Niigata, Tekkosho, Kobe Seikosho, Kokura Rikugun Zoheisho.

Thai Army
In 1940 the Thailand Army acquired approximately fifty Type 95s and a number spearheaded the Thai invasion of Shan State in Burma. In 1952 the remaining tanks were decommissioned.

Technical Details
Crew  Four
Armor  12mm (front) 10-12mm (sides) 12mm (turret)
Maximum Speed  (road) 28 mph / 45 km
Range  250 km
Primary Armament  37mm cannon
Secondary Armament
 2 x 7.7mm (turret, cozial)


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