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Overview

Type92 Jū-Sōkōsha side view

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.

Variants

SR Amphib

Experimental amphibious vehicle based upon the Type92 Jū-Sōkōsha.

Flag of the Empire of Japan Land Vehicles of Imperial Japan Flag of the Imperial Japanese Army and Air Service
1919 - 1945
Tracked Vehicles
Light Tanks Tankettes Type KāTBTKType 92Type 94Te-Ke
Standard Light Tanks Ishikawajima Type 98Kawasaki Type 92Mitsubishi Type 99Model Kō TankModel Otsu TankHa-GōKe-NuKe-Ni (Kai)Ke-ToKe-RiKe-RuKe-Ho
Railroad Tanks Type95 So-Ki
Medium Tanks Standard Medium Tanks No. 1(Revised)I-Gō (Otsu)Chi-NiChi-Ha (Kai)Chi-HoChi-HeChi-Nu (Kai)Chi-To Prototype IChi-To Prototype IIExperimental Type5 Medium Tank 'Chi-Ri'Chi-Se
Medium Command Tanks Type 97 Shi-Ki
Heavy Tanks Standard Heavy Tanks Aichi-96Ishi-108Ju-NiMitsu-97Mitsu-104Type 91 Heavy TankType 95 Ro-GōType 96 Ju-IType 97 Ju-RoType 97 Ju-Ha
Super Heavy Tanks O-IMi-To
Amphibious Tanks Standard Amphibious Tanks Kawasaki Type 94SR AmphibSR-ISR-IISR-III
Special Motor Launches Type2 Ka-MiType3 Ka-ChiType4 Ka-TsuType5 To-Ku
Self-Propelled Guns Tank Destroyers Type1 Ho-Ni IType1 Ho-Ni IIType3 Ho-Ni IIIExperimental Type5 Gun Tank 'Ho-Ri'Experimental Type5 47mm Self-Propelled Gun 'Ho-Ru'Type5 Na-ToType5 Na-To II'Ji-Ro'
Self-Propelled Gun / Assault Gun So-To12cm Short Gun12cm Long GunHo-IKa-ToHo-RoHa-ToHo-Chi
Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun Ki-ToTa-SeSo-KiTa-Ha
Miscellaneous Amphibious Transport FB Swamp Vehicle
Remote-Controlled Explosives Type98 Miniature Engineer Otsu
Transport & Towing Chi-Ke TractorHolt 30Komatsu 3 ton TractorType92 I-KeType92 Ni-KuType94 Yo-KeType95 Ho-FuType98 Six Ton Prime MoverT-G Crawler TruckType98 Ro-KeType98 Shi-KeType98 So-DaType 1 Ho-Ki
Misc Brasso-KiSo-RaType94 Disinfecting VehicleType94 Gas Scattering VehicleType 95 Ri-KiType 97 Ho-KType97 Cable LayerType97 Pole PlanterType 97 Chi-YiuType 96 Se-RiType 1 AOVS-K Trench ExcavatorSōkō Sagyō KiChō Gō Ki TGType100 Te-Re
Half-Track Vehicles
Combat Amphibious Offensive Chenilette St-Chamond M1921Inoma-KaminishiSumida AMP
Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun Type 98 Ho-Ki SPAAG
Utility Transport & Towing Type95 KuroganeType98 Ho-Ki Prime MoverType1 Ho-Ha
Amphibious Transport & Towing Ishikawan Jime
Wheeled Vehicles
Combat Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun Type98 Ta-Se (truck)
Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun Nissan 80
Armoured / Scout / Patrol Cars Austin Model 1918British Crossley Mk IType92 OsakaType87 Armoured CarType3 SumidaType92 ChiyodaType92 Chokei SenshaType92 Kokusan
Utility Transport & Towing Nissan 180Nissan Model 97Toyota KBToyota KCType94 TruckType97 TruckType1 TruckType2 Truck
Staff Cars Nissan 70Toyota SyokiType92 ChiyodaModel93 Staff CarModel95 KuroganeNissan Model97 Staff CarType98 Staff Car
Amphibious Transport & Towing Su-Ki Amphibious Truck
Motocycles Model 97 KuroganeSanrinsha
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