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Hello, this discussion pertains similarly to my one about German tank names eight months ago. While the title does say "Japanese Ammunition", I do mean along the lines of ammunition that is already in-game but don't feel afraid to add to the discussions with rounds that aren't.

 

A few general "rules" I've noticed about Japanese ammunition, mostly from being told so by a few people, are the following:

  • Calibers aren't included in imperial ammunition, even if there are shells with similar names,
  • They are generally fitted into certain categories aside from a few,
  • And that they either have "Type" or "Mark" designations, except in some cases where there is no proper designation.

 

The categories vary from branch to branch and changed during the transition from imperial to democratic Japan. Depending on the shell they could include other things, such as "capped" or "tracer".

  • Imperial Japanese Army
    • High-Explosive Shells: HE
    • Sharp Shells: Some HE
    • Armour-Piercing Shells: APHE/APCR
    • Anti-Concrete Shells: Some APHE
    • Shaped Charges: HEAT
    • Smoke Shells: Smoke
  • Imperial Japanese Navy
    • Common Shells: HE
    • Capped Common Shells: Some HE
    • Armour-Piercing Shells: SAP/AP
  • Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
    • High-Explosive Shells: HE
    • High-Explosive Plastic: HEP/HESH
    • High-Explosive Anti-Tank or High-Explosive Anti-Tank Multi-Purpose: HEAT-FS/HEAT-MP
    • Armour-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot: APFSDS
    • High-Explosive Rockets: Rocket
    • Anti-Tank Missiles: ATGM

 

There are a few others but those are only the ones that are in-game. Below I'll go over the names of the ammunition in-game that I know of:

  • Imperial Japanese Army, ground & naval weapons
  • Used in Type 98 and Type 4 20 mm Anti-Aircraft Machine Guns
    • Type 100 Tracer Self-Destroying High-Explosive Shell
      • I don't know the reason for "tracer" and "self-destroying" being used, especially when the latter is present in most other projectiles but isn't used
    • Type 100 Tracer Armour-Piercing Shell(?)
      • Uncertain on the designation for this
  • Used in Type 94, Type 98, Type 100, and Type 1 37 mm Tank Guns, and Type 4 37 mm Boat Guns
    • Type 94 High-Explosive Shell
      • Exists in the code as the "37 mm HE", though it isn't usable in-game
    • Type 94 Armour-Piercing Shell
    • Type 1 Armour-Piercing Shell
  • Used in Type 1 47 mm Tank Guns
    • Type 1 High-Explosive Shell
    • Type 1 Armour-Piercing Shell
  • Used in Type 90 and Type 97 57 mm Tank Guns
    • Type 90 High-Explosive Shell
    • Type 92 Armour-Piercing Shell
    • Type 3 Shaped Charge
  • Used in Type 94 70 mm Tank Guns
    • Type 92 High-Explosive Shell
    • Type 95 Armour-Piercing Shell
    • Type 3 Shaped Charge
  • Used in Type 88 7 cm Field Anti-Aircraft Guns
    • Type 90 Sharp Shell
    • Type 95 Anti-Concrete Shell
  • Used in Type 99 75 mm Tank Guns
    • Type 94 High-Explosive Shell
      • Also used in Type 90 75 mm Field Guns and Type 3 75 mm Tank Guns
    • Type 95 Armour-Piercing Shell
    • Type 2 Shaped Charge
    • Type 90 Smoke Shell
      • Also used in Type 90 75 mm Field Guns and Type 3 75 mm Tank Guns
  • Used in Type 90 75 mm Field Guns, and Type 3 75 mm Tank Guns
    • Type 94 High-Explosive Shell
      • Also used in Type 99 75 mm Tank Guns
    • Type 1 Armour-Piercing Shell
    • Type 90 Smoke Shell
      • Also used in Type 99 75 mm Tank Guns
  • Used in Lightweight Type I Model II, Type II Model I, and Type II Model II 75 mm Tank Guns
    • Type 90 High-Explosive Shell
    • Type 1 Armour-Piercing Shell
    • Type 4 Armour-Piercing Shell
    • Type 4 Kou Armour-Piercing Shell
  • Used in 105 mm Experimental High-Velocity Guns and 105 mm Experimental Anti-Tank Guns
    • Experimental High-Explosive Shell
    • Type 2 Armour-Piercing Shell
  • Used in Type 38 15 cm Howitzers
    • Type 92 High-Explosive Shell
    • Anti-Concrete Shell
      • In-game called Type 95
  • Imperial Japanese Navy, naval weapons
  • Used in 40-caliber 3rd Year Type 8 cm Anti-Aircraft Guns
    • Mark 4 Common Shell
      • "Type" designation isn't used; in-game Type 0
  • Used in 60-caliber Type 98 8 cm Anti-Aircraft Guns
    • Common Shell
      • "Type" designation isn't used; in-game Type 98
  • Used in 65-caliber Type 98 10 cm Anti-Aircraft Guns
    • Common Shell
      • "Type" designation isn't used; in-game Type 0
  • Used in 45-caliber 3rd Year Type 12 cm Guns, and 45-caliber 10th Year Type (2nd) 12 cm Anti-Aircraft Guns
    • Mark 3 Common Shell
      • "Type" designation isn't used; in-game Type 0
    • Mark 3 Common Shell Mod 1
      • "Type" designation isn't used; in-game Type 1
  • Used in 50-caliber 3rd Year Type 12.7 cm Guns
    • Type 1 Common Shell
      • Also used in 40-caliber Type 89 12.7 cm Anti-Aircraft Guns
  • Used in 40-caliber Type 89 12.7 cm Anti-Aircraft Guns
    • Type 0 Common Shell
    • Type 1 Common Shell
      • Also used in 50-caliber 3rd Year Type 12 cm Guns
  • Used in 50-caliber 3rd Year Type 14 cm Guns
    • Capped Common Shell
      • "Type" designation isn't used; in-game Type 0
    • Capped Common Shell Mod 1
      • "Type" designation isn't used; in-game Type 2 Mod 1
    • Type 2 Common Shell
  • Used in 50-caliber 41st Year Type 15 cm Guns
    • Type 0 Common Shell
    • Type 4 Armour-Piercing Shell(?)
  • Used in 60-caliber 3rd Year Type 15.5 cm Guns
    • Type 0 Common Shell
    • Type 91 Armour-Piercing Shell
  • Used in 50-caliber 3rd Year Type 20 cm Guns
    • Common Shell
      • "Type" designation isn't used; in-game Type 4
    • Type 88 Capped Armour-Piercing Shell
  • Used in 50-caliber 3rd Year Number 2 Type 20 cm Guns
    • Type 91 Common Shell
      • Exists in code as "20.3 cm Type 91 common HE", not usable in-game
    • Type 0 Common Shell
    • Type 91 Armour-Piercing Shell
  • Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, ground weapons
  • Used in Japan Steel Works L7A1 L/52 and Japan Steel Works 105 mm Tank Guns
    • Type 75 105 mm High-Explosive Plastic Model 1/2
      • I can't find which model it is, 1 or 2
    • Type 93 105 mm Armour-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot
    • Type 91 105 mm High-Explosive Anti-Tank Multi-Purpose
  • Used in Type 90 L/44 120 mm Tank Guns
    • JM33 120 mm Armour-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot
    • JM12A1 120 mm High-Explosive Anti-Tank
      • Don't know why it doesn't include "Multi-Purpose" in the name
  • Used in Japan Steel Works L/30 155 mm Howitzers
    • Type 75 High-Explosive Shell
  • Used in Type 75 130 mm Multiple Rocket Launchers
    • Type 75 130 mm High-Explosive Rocket
      • Available in impact and proximity fuzes; in-game is impact fuzed
  • Used in Type 64 Anti-Tank Missile Launchers
    • Type 64 Anti-Tank Missile
  • Used in Type 79 Anti-Tank Missile Launchers
    • Type 79 Anti-Ship/Anti-Tank Missile
      • Available in anti-ship and anti-tank warheads; in-game is anti-tank
  • Used in Type 93 Close-Range Surface-to-Air Missile Launchers
    • Surface-to-Air Missile
      • In-game Type 91
Edited by Wiggly_Armed_Man
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