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Japan's Type 3 amphibious tank

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Type 3 amphibious tank:
Japan's Type 3 amphibious tank
Type 3 amphibious tank:
Japan's Type 3 amphibious tank

Design

Had circular escape hatch on top of the turret which was extended to keep it above the waves. There was a tower above the rear deck to keep the exhaust clear of water.

It had smooth sides with pontoons attached to the front and rear, which were detached once it reached shore.

Variants

Usage

Encountered at Kwajalein.

Specifications

  Type 3 Amphibious Tank
Crew 72, 5-71
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 63,500 lb
28,700 kg1
28.25 tons1
With pontoons: 28.8 tons2
Length 33' 9"1, 33.75'2
10.3 m1
Height 12' 6"1, 12.5'2
3.82 m1
Width

9' 9"1 , 9' 9.5", 9.8'2
3 m1

Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 47 mm1,2
Secondary  
MG 2: 7.7 mm MG1,2, coaxial, bow
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 501,2
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Mitsubishi Type 1001 air cooled
Type 1002, air cooled2
Cylinders 121
V-122
Net HP 2401,2
Transmission  
Fuel type Diesel1,2
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse 360°
Speed - Road

Land: 20 mph1,2, 32 kph1
Water: 6 mph1, 6.5 mph2, 10 kph1

Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 198 miles1
319 km1
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type) Bell Cranks
Wheels each side 8 in sets of 2
Return rollers each side 4
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles - The Comprehensive Guide to Over 900 Armored Fighting Vehicles From 1915 to the Present Day, General Editor: Christopher F. Foss, 2002
  2. Tanks of the World, 1915-1945, Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis, 1972
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site

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