Full Name Type 94 Light Armored Car
Class Light Vehicle
Movement 5
Armor Value 1
Vs Infantry (RNG / FPR) 5/4
Vs Vehicle (RNG / FPR) 3/2
Period 1935-1945
Theaters of Service
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Pacific

Japanese designers of the Type 94 drew inspiration from contemporary British Carden-Loyd Mark VIb tankettes and Vickers light tanks. As such, it was small and lightly armored. Its manually-operated fully-rotating turret featured one 6.5mm Type 91 machine gun. It carried a crew of two at up to 25 mph. The lightweight (3.4 tonne) Type 94 Tankette was an inexpensive vehicle to build, at approximately half the price of the Type 95 Ha-Go light tank. Given the combat utility of the vehicle in China when first deployed in 1935, the Imperial Japanese Army was content to retain it into the 1940s; as the war progressed, however, the type showed itself to be vastly inferior to later British and American tanks. Japanese manufacturers produced 823 units from 1935 through 1937. The Japanse mainly used the Type 94 in 'Tankette Companies' attached to infantry divisions for use in reconnaissance, supporting infantry attacks, and transporting supplies. They saw action in China and, during World War II, in Burma, the Netherlands East Indies, the Philippines, and on a number of Pacifc islands.

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