Type 89 I-GO

The Type 89 I-Go was a 13-ton tank fielded by the Imperial Japanese Army in the Sino-Japanese War and WWII. Massively produced, it entered service in 1931 and was mainly used in the infantry fire support role until 1945. It was fitted with a steel-plate riveted turret, excentrically situated towards the front on a long hull, which had an almost vertical glacis plate. This 360º-rotating turret mounted a 57-mm gun, which was underpowered compared to the 75-mm gun of Sherman M4 tank. It was also armed with two 6.5-mm machine guns and was operated by a crew of 4. The Type 89 I-Go was powered by one Mitsubishi A612OVD, 6-cylinder, gasoline engine, which generated 120 horsepower.

Specifications

Type: medium tank

Weight: 12.80 tons

Length: 5.7 m

Width: 2.1 m

Height: 2.5 m

Armor protection: 17mm on the front; 6mm on flanks

Maximum speed: 16 mph (25 km/h)

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