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Type 97 Te-Ke


Infantry Support / Reconnaissance Tankette


Imperial Japan | 1937



"The Type 97 suffered from being undergunned and had very little armor protection to speak of."



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Developed from an early Imperial Japanese Army request for a light tank in 1937, the Type 97 Te-Ke was simply outmatched against Allied armor. The system suffered from an undergunned main armament and light protection for the crew, relegating it to limited reconnaissance and infantry support duty and the occasional supply tow assignment. The system would prove moderately useful in the early years of Pacific domination, but that would soon change with America's involvement in the Second World War.

The Type 97 was a two-main light tank. Power was derived from a single Ikega-brand 4-cyliner engine of diesel type generating 65bhp. The system could achieve a maximum speed of up to 26 miles per hour in pristine road conditions and reach outwards of 155 miles. Armament consisted of a single 37mm cannon mounted in the turret. Original Type 97 Te-Ke designs were seen with the engine mounted forwards in the hull with the driver whilst the turret and commander were set back. Later production models addressed this by moving the turret closer to the driver and relocating the engine to the rear.

The Type 97 Te-Ke was utilized throughout the Pacific Theater and saw extensive action in China. Despite its widespread involvement, the system was far from ideal in the ever-changing frontlines where heavy armament and armor were becoming the keys to a tank's survival.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Type 97 Te-Ke Infantry Support / Reconnaissance Tankette.
1 x Ikega 4-cylinder diesel developing 65 horsepower to a conventional track-and-wheel arrangement.
Installed Power
26 mph
42 kph
Road Speed
155 miles
250 km
Range
Structure
The physical qualities of the Type 97 Te-Ke Infantry Support / Reconnaissance Tankette.
2
(MANNED)
Crew
12.1 ft
3.68 meters
O/A Length
5.9 ft
1.8 meters
O/A Width
5.8 ft
1.77 meters
O/A Height
10,472 lb
4,750 kg | 5.2 tons
Weight
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Type 97 Te-Ke Infantry Support / Reconnaissance Tankette.
1 x 37mm Main Gun.
AMMUNITION:
Not Available.
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:
Nightvision - NONE.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - NONE.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Type 97 Te-Ke family line.
TYpe 97 Te-Ke - Base Series Designation
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Type 97 Te-Ke. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 0 Units

Contractor(s): Tokyo Motor Industries - Japan
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Design Qualities
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to battlefield requirements.
INFANTRY SUPPORT
TANK-vs-TANK
RECONNAISSANCE
TRACK-AND-WHEEL DRIVE
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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