A decision was made by the Imperial Japanese Army to standardized on diesel engines for their tanks.3
Riveted construction and a rear mounted engine.3 The driver sat on the left of the commander. Interior was lined with heat absorbing asbestos sheets. Sometimes a 7.7mm MG was shipped instead of 37mm gun.
The turret had a hinged access door at the rear for the commander.
Hino Motor Company developed a prototype in 1936 that used the Ikegi diesel engine and a Type 94 37 mm gun.3 After unsatisfactory trials a new prototype was built in November 1937 which had the engine towards the rear.3
Type Type 97 replaced the Type 94 on Hino's production line in 1939.3
Type 97 Te-Ke: 1937-
Used in all fronts. Initially designed for reconnaissance they were often employed as infantry support.3,4 In some instances they were used for observation posts. Also used as an ammunition carrier that could tow an ammunition trailer. A company was anywhere from 10 to 17 vehicles.