Type 2 Ke-To

The Type 2 Ke-To was a light tank of World War II, produced in small numbers for the Imperial Japanese Army as an improvement of the existing Type 98 Ke-Ni. It was not used in combat.


Country Name Origin Year
Japan 1942
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Japan 1944 1945 View

The Type 2 Ke-To was based on the Type 98, using the same engine and bell crank suspension. However, the gun turret was enlarged and the main armament was changed to the more powerful Type 1 37 mm gun, with a muzzle velocity of 810 m/s. The designation “Type 2” represented the year 1942, “Ke” represented “light”, and “To” represented the number seven.

Production commenced in 1944, and 29 units were completed by the end of the war. They were never used in combat.

GENERAL DATA
Other DesignationsType 2 Ke-To
Manufacturer(s)n.a.
Production Quantity29Production Period1942-?
TypeLight TankCrew3
Length /hull (m)4.11Barrel Overhang (m)n.a.
Width /with skirts (m)2.12Height (m)1.82
Combat Weight (kg)7200Radio Equipmentn.a.
FIREPOWER
Primary Armament37mm Gun Type 100Ammunition Carried110
Traverse (degrees)(360°)Elevation (degrees)n.a.
Traverse speed (360°)n.a.Sightn.a.
Secondary Armament7.7mm Type 97 MGAmmunition Carried1400


MOBILITY CHARACTERISTICS
Engine Make & ModelType 100No. of Links/Trackn.a.
Type & DisplacementIn6Track Widthn.a.
Horsepower130hp@2100rpmTrack Ground Contactn.a.
Power/Weight Ratio18.1 hp/tGround Pressuren.a.
Gearboxn.a.Ground Clearance (m)0.35
FuelDieselTurning Radius (m)n.a.
Range on/off road (km)186Gradient (degrees)30°
Mileage (liters/100km)n.a.Vertical Obstacle (m)0.70
Fuel Capacity (liters)n.a.Fording (m)0.75
Speed on/off road50Trench Crossing (m)2.10
ARMOR PROTECTION
Armor (mm@degrees)FrontSideRearTop/Bottom
Hull6mm to 16mm
Superstructure
Turret
Mantlet

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