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Type 4 Ha-To
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Type 4 Ha-To self-propelled mortar
Place of origin  Empire of Japan
Specifications
Weight 14.3 tons
Length 6.8 meters
Width 2.4 meters
Height 2.75 meters
Crew 7

Armor 12-25 mm
Primary
armament
Type 3 300mm mortar
Secondary
armament
none
Engine water-cooled 6cyl Mitsubishi gasoline
115 HP
Power/weight -
Suspension bell crank
Speed 40 km/h

The Type 4 Ha-To (試製四式重迫撃砲 ハト Shisei yon-shiki jū-hakugekihō hato?) was a self-propelled gun developed by the Imperial Japanese Army for use in World War II

History and design[edit | edit source]

The Type 4 Ha-To was conceived as a mobile fire support platform in late 1943, making use of the already existing Type 3 300 mm heavy mortar on a chassis based an extensively modified Type 4 Chi-To medium tank. The mortar had a range of 3,000 m (1.9 mi) and launched a 170 kg (374 lb) projectile. The gun itself weighed close to 1.5 tons, and to keep the center of gravity from shifting and tipping the vehicle over, it could not be elevated more than 50 degrees.[1]

The first prototype was completed in late 1944 and taken to the Imperial Japanese Army Academy for testing. Although testing indicated that it would be an effective weapon, it was expensive to produce, and the Japanese Army Technical Bureau shifted its attention to self-propelled multiple rocket launchers instead.[2]

An additional three units were produced before the surrender of Japan, but none were used in combat.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  • Trewhitt, Philip (1999). Armoured Fighting Vehicles. 108: Dempsey-Parr. ISBN 1-84084-328-4. 
  • Zaloga, Steven J. (2007). Japanese Tanks 1939-45. Osprey. ISBN [[Special:BookSources/1-84603-091-8|1-84603-091-8]]. 

External links[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Japanese Wikipedia article
  2. Taki's Imperial Japanese Army Page
  3. Trewhitt, Armoured Fighting Vehicles


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