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"The super-upgraded Type 94, final version of its Oni remodel. The ultimate weapon specialized in pseudo-tank battle. And then the Type 94 unmanned turret version. The ultimate tank with which a single person can compete in a tank battle! Those ladies has finally come up with one. With an answer to Tankathlon"
―Shizuka Tsuruki after seeing Team Oni

The Type 94 tankette(九四式軽装甲車, Kyūyon-shiki keisōkōsha, literally "94 type light armored car", also known as TK that is abbreviation of "Tokushu Keninsha" that means special tractor) was a tankette created by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Interwar. It's the most prolific Japanese tankette.

History

Since the 1920s, the Imperial Japanese Army tested a variety of European light tanks, including several Renault FTs, and a decision was reached in 1929 to proceed with the domestic development of a new vehicle based largely on the Carden-Loyd Mk VI tankette design to address the deficiencies of wheeled armored cars.

The initial attempt resulted in the Type 92 Jyu-Sokosha for use by the cavalry. However, Japanese infantry commanders felt that a similar vehicle would be useful as the support vehicle for transport, scout and communications within the infantry divisions.

A tankette fad occurred in Europe in the early 1930s, which was led by United Kingdom's Carden-Loyd Mk VI tankette. The IJA ordered six samples from the UK, along with some French Renault UE Chenillette vehicles and field tested them. The IJA determined that the British and French machines were too small to be practical, and started planning for a larger version, the Tokushu Keninsha (TK, meaning "Special Tractor"). The Imperial Japanese Army also experimented with a variety of armored cars with limited success. The wheeled armored cars were not suitable for most operations in the puppet state of Manchukuo, due to the poor road conditions and severe winter climate.

The design of the Type 94 began in 1932. Development was then given to Tokyo Gas and Electric Industry (later known as Hino Motors) in 1933, and an experimental model was completed in 1934. It was a small light tracked vehicle with a turret armed with one machine gun. For cargo transportation it pulled an ammunition trailer. After trials in both Manchukuo and Japan, the design was standardized. It was reclassified as the Type 94 (Type 2594; tankette) and was designed for reconnaissance, but could also be used for supporting infantry attacks and transporting supplies. It entered service in 1935. The Type 94 was later superseded by the Type 97 Te-Ke tankette, which was designed as a fast reconnaissance vehicle.

Several variants of the Type 94 were produced. These included the Type 94 "Disinfecting Vehicle" and Type 94 "Gas Scattering Vehicle". Others produced were the "Type 97 Pole Planter" and "Type 97 Cable Layer". These used the Type 94 chassis, with the former vehicle first planting a telegraph pole and then the latter vehicle laying the telegraph cable.

In Girls und Panzer

Ribbon Warrior

Future Oni Team's Type 94 meant to participate to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 1930s in Europe, but the changing rule of only allowing vehicles with minimum three crewmembers doomed the tankette and its team from participating.

At some point one of their Type 94 was upgunned with two Type 97 20mm autocannon on both sides of the turret to give it more firepower and another had its turret removed and replaced by a remote controlled Type 97 allowing a single person to man it.

The yet unknown Oni Team used their double-gunned Type 94 to train Shizuka and Rin. The most of time Centipede Team's Type 97 was crushed down but with some training they finally managed to destroy the Type 94.

During the Cauldron Tournament, Team Oni used their two modified Type 94. Upon arrival they bring chaos into the match by eliminating consecutively two Kebab's R35s, one Gregor's LT.38s, Black Tea Mask's Harry Hopkins, one BC Freedom R35s, two Polite Girls T-70s, one Chi-Ha-Tan's Type 95 and one Bonple's 7TP.

Trivia

  • So far the Type 94 tank used by Team Oni is the only tank equipped with unmanned turret.
  • This is also the second vehicle to have its original weapon replaced with a more powerful one. The other being Anzio's CV-33 equipped with Solothurn S18/1000 20mm gun. The only difference is that Anzio's upgraded CV-33s was based on a real world field modification.

Gallery

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