Tokyo Gasu Denki Kokyo Mitsubishi Jukogyo Kobe Seikosho
Light Tank Tankette
Debut in FHSW
1x 6.5mm Type 91 (45 rounds)
General Ingame Information
The Type 94 TK (九四式軽装甲車 , Kyūyon-shiki keisōkōsha), is a Japanse tankette using during the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Second World War. The development of Type 94 Tankette had its origins in the 1920s when Japan bought six British Carden-Lloyd Mark VI tankettes. After tests on these vehicles, it was decided to designs a vehicle for the army to develop, wich was looking for a vehicle to escort armored trailers with ammunition to the front line. In 1934 a prototype was ready wich was tested in both Japan and in China. It had the name Type 94 with the codename TK from Tokushu ken-in sha, Japanees for 'Special Vehicle'.
The armor of this small vehicle was riveted, the driver and the 34hp heavy Mitsubishi Franklin air-cooled inline 4-cylinder Gasoline engine, sat at the front. At the rear, there was a door so that goods could be loaded easily. The base of the tank was designed by Major Tomio Hara. The tank was wearing only a 6.5 mm Type 91 machine gun, which was replaced by the 7.7 mm Type 92 Nambu machinegun. Based on and the successor of the Type 94, the Type 97 tankette had a 37 mm Type 94 gun. However, some Type 94 vehicles could also be equiped with the 37mm gun. The Type 94 tankettes were successfully used by Japanese infantry units in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War (Sep 1931 - Sep 1945), because the roads in China were band and the Chinese army had barely antitank weapons, this vehicles was a succes. However, problems soon arose design, wich was very unstable. In an improved version, the small track idler wheel was replaced by a larger one, in order to improve stability, but the problem remained.