It could carry troops or it could serve as an artillery tractor. It had an air-cooled, 134 hp engine, which is capable of propelling the Ho-Ki at speeds of up to 56.3 km / h was the arming of the Ho-Ki was a single MG, the fitted dependent on the use of the vehicle ( It would probably come when the Ho-Ki was used as APC could be). The type 1 also had a 4-speed forward, 1 reverse gears and a bell crank suspension system.
The crew of the Ho-Ki consisted of 1-2 riders and up to thirteen passengers. Maximum armor on the Ho-Ki was about 6.3 mm thick. The weight was about 5,896.7 kg, while the length of 4.8 meters. The range of the Ho-Ki was about 300 km, and the height was about 2.5 meters.
The viability of type 1 if as cargo vehicle was approximately 1,814.3 kg, while the fuel carrying capacity was approximately 208.1 liters. The fuel was stored in two tanks. The way to enter / exit the Type 1 is very complicated, because there is no rear door or hatch and entry / exit must be carried out with the left side of the vehicle (there are several doors, including the driver's door) are.
The Type 1 Ho-Ki was developed in 1941 and put into service in 1942. The producer of the Ho-Ki was Hino Motors Ltd. and it is currently not known how many were produced during the war. It was developed because of an Army vehicle, the tow artillery could still be in a position to want to have to transport infantry. Although Japan never really put on tanks, APCs and the like, but on warships and aircraft many resources. Series production of the Ho-Ki began in 1944 and they were never in large numbers in use. The only known use of the Ho-Ki was in 1944 on the island of Leyte in the Philippines.
- ↑ 1,0 1,1 http://www.lonesentry.com/ordnance/armored-tracked-personnel-carrier.html
- ↑ http://www3.plala.or.jp/takihome/ho-ki.htm
- ↑ http://www.tanksinworldwar2.com/japan-type-1-ho-ki.php