The Type92 Heavy Armoured Car (九二式重装甲車 Kyū-Ni-Shiki Jū-Sōkōsha) was the first indigenous Japanese tankette. In the 1920's, Japan had tested and imported various European tankettes, and it was decided that a vehicle should be designed based upon the knowledge gained. Following the failure of prior primitive designs, the Type92 Jū-Sōkōsha was conceived. The prototype, 'TB' had been complete in late in 1931. It was designed for cavalry use, and as such was designated as a heavy armoured car, rather than a tankette. This was the result of sectionalism within the IJA: Tanks were used by infantry, and cavalry could not operate them. Though initially troublesome, the tank proved to be fairly effective overall, demonstrating its usefulness in the Second Sino-Japanese War. Production was plagued with issues, and in the end, only 172 vehicles were produced. While the vehicle saw gradual changes to armament, there were no official production variants. Changes to the vehicle included replacing the hull gun with a 13.2mm Type92 heavy machine cannon. Another modification added an external machine gun mount for mounting an additional Type91 6.5mm. Later improvements included a new drive train and new suspension. The 37mm Type94 tank gun was also tested in the vehicle. Some Type92 Heavy Armoured Cars are said to have been fitted with the 20mm Type98 anti aircraft gun, though there is no known documentation to support this.
Experimental amphibious vehicle based upon the Type92 Jū-Sōkōsha.
| Land Vehicles of Imperial Japan |
1919 - 1945
|Combat||Amphibious Offensive||Chenilette St-Chamond M1921 • Inoma-Kaminishi • Sumida AMP|
|Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun||Type 98 Ho-Ki SPAAG|
|Utility||Transport & Towing||Type95 Kurogane • Type98 Ho-Ki Prime Mover • Type1 Ho-Ha|
|Amphibious Transport & Towing||Ishikawan Jime|
|Combat||Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun||Type98 Ta-Se (truck)|
|Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun||Nissan 80|
|Armoured / Scout / Patrol Cars||Austin Model 1918 • British Crossley Mk I • Type92 Osaka • Type87 Armoured Car • Type3 Sumida • Type92 Chiyoda • Type92 Chokei Sensha • Type92 Kokusan|
|Utility||Transport & Towing||Nissan 180 • Nissan Model 97 • Toyota KB • Toyota KC • Type94 Truck • Type97 Truck • Type1 Truck • Type2 Truck|
|Staff Cars||Nissan 70 • Toyota Syoki • Type92 Chiyoda • Model93 Staff Car • Model95 Kurogane • Nissan Model97 Staff Car • Type98 Staff Car|
|Amphibious Transport & Towing||Su-Ki Amphibious Truck|
|Motocycles||Model 97 Kurogane • Sanrinsha|