Type 1 Ho-Ni II Self-Propelled Gun

The Type 1 Ho-Ni II was a Japanese self propelled gun produced by mounting a 105mm Type 91 Howitzer on the chassis of a Type 97 Chi-Ha medium tank. It was based on the Ho-Ni I, which had carried a 75mm gun, and like that vehicle had been designed to act as mobile artillery to support the armoured divisions. The first Ho-Ni II was built in 1942, and series production began in the 1943. The Ho-Ni I and Ho-Ni II were used in Burma and on the Philippines, fighting as part of the artillery.

Name (see article on Japanese tank designations)
Type 1 (1941) Ho-Ni II (Gun Fourth II)

Number produced:  54
Produced: 1943-45
Length: 5.55m
Hull Width: 2.33
Height: 2.39
Crew: 5
Weight: 14.7 tons
Engine: 170hp diesel
Max Speed: 38 km/h
Armament: 105mm Type 91 Howitzer
Armour: 25mm maximum

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (25 August 2008), Type 1 Ho-Ni II Self-Propelled Gun , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_type_1_ho_ni_II.html

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