They're finally here, War Thunder
Remember Gaijin teasing the community with that important Ground Forces addition yesterday? Yes... Japanese Tanks are coming.
Only a few months prior to now, Gaijin sought me out and asked if I would consider aiding them in a Japanese tree. The results of this have now shown... and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Japan will have their own Ground Forces, their own tanks, and their own feel. Not under another nation as premiums, not just a premium only tree, but their own standard. This is something that only became possible through the sheer dedication of my team and most of all, you as the community. For not only giving your support, but demanding it from Gaijin. Well I am proud to tell you;
Type97 Chi-Ha Kai
Allied intelligence first labeled the Kai as a heavy tank, but after being exposed to the vehicle in multiple operations, they soon realized its glaring weakpoints and deemed it the proper "medium" it always has been.
It has a deadly cannon for its era, but what of its armour and protection? You cannot have both, and as a result Mitsubishi constructed the units under the Army's requests of a mobile medium tank with standard armour instead of adopting a heavier standard. The maximum armour protection on the Kai is a whopping 50mm, yes... 50mm. Relying on armour is fruitless in the field. And as such you must rely on your gun depression of -15 degrees to your advantage.
Its light weight and powerful engine for the time gave it daring speeds of 40 kmh on roads and the flat fields of Manchukuo. Being able to compete with the M2 Light and M3 Stuart. It's armament was the Type94 37mm gun. Petty to most, the Type94 was used extensively in China where hostile armour was scarce. It began an infantry's preferred tool in clearing resistance. Its initial encounters with tanks resulted in a surprising success for the Japanese at Khalkhin Gol with the soviet encounters of BT light tanks. While the operation ended in Japanese defeat, the armour battle was won by Japan by the landslide.