The Type 97 Chi-Ha (九七式中戦車 チハ Kyunana-shiki chu-sensha chiha?) was a medium tank used by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War, at Nomonhan against the Soviet Union, and in the Second World War. It was the most widely produced Japanese medium tank of World War II, although the armor protection was considered as average in the 1930s. The 57 mm main gun, designed to support the infantry, was a carry over from the 1933 Type 89 medium tank. Later it was replaced by 47 mm gun more effective against enemy armor. The 170 hp Mitsubishi engine was a capable engine for the tank in 1938, and – notably for the time – it was a nonflammable diesel. After 1941, the tank was considered less effective than most Allied tank designs. The Type 97's low silhouette and semicircular radio antenna on the turret distinguished the tank from its contemporaries. The crude suspension was derived from the Type 95 Ha-Go light tank, but used six road wheels instead of four.
The Chi-Ha is the main battle tank of Japan in FHSW and is available on a lot of maps. The tank is usually far inferior to the American M4 Sherman. Sometimes the Chi-Ha is equipped with HEAT shells that can deal a lot of damage and take out Sherman's pretty fast. Using this special ammo can be a bit tricky because you have to press and hold the "Up" key while shooting. This is necessary because with the Up/Down Keys you also switch the camera between the cannon and machine gun in the back of the turret.
Type 97 Chi-Ha PillboxEdit
Broken tank used as Pillbox in fortifications. It's armed with the same 57 mm Type 97 gun and the two machine guns. It's digged in the ground and can't be moved but got sandbags as additional cover. Due to the low silhouette it's hard to spot for enemy tanks.
Type 97 Chi-Ha FlamethrowerEdit
Also used as Pillbox in fortifications like on Iwo Jima. The bow machine gun is replaced by a flamethrower.
Derived vehicles in FHSWEdit
- Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha: Medium tank based on Chi-Ha's hull with new turret with a 47 mm Type 1 gun attached.
- Type 97 Chi-Ha Naval 12 cm SPG: Self-propelled gun, turret was replaced with 12 cm Navy gun