Type 2 Ke-To
|Type 2 Ke-To|
Type 2 Ke-To light tank
|Place of origin||Empire of Japan|
|Specifications (Type 2 Ke-To)|
|Type 1 37 mm gun|
|7.7 mm machine gun|
|Engine||Mitsubishi Type 100 air-cooled diesel
130 hp (97 kW)
The Type 2 Ke-To (二式軽戦車 ケト Nishiki keisensha Ke-To?) was a light tank of World War II, produced in small numbers for the Imperial Japanese Army as an improvement of the existing Type 98 Ke-Ni. It was not used in combat.
The Type 2 Ke-To was based on the Type 98, using the same engine and bell crank suspension. However, the gun turret was enlarged and the main armament was changed to the more powerful Type 1 37 mm gun, with a muzzle velocity of 800 m/s. The new 37 mm gun used gave the tank "slightly better performance". The designation “Type 2” represented the year 1942, “Ke” represented “light”, and “To” represented the number seven.
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