Type 96 and Type 97 150 mm infantry mortar

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The Type 96 and Type 97 were Japanese 150 mm calibre mortars used during the Second World War. The Type 96 designation was given to this mortar as it was accepted in the year 2596 of the Japanese calendar (1936).[1] It had a caliber of 150.5 mm, and approximately 90 were produced. The Type 96 was used in Iwo Jima and China, but its performance is not known. In 1941 the weapon was developed into the more portable Type 97 150 mm Mortar, which simply has the recoil absorber removed.

SpecificationsEdit

Designation Type 96 Type 96
long barrel
Type 97
short barrel
Barrel length 1.3 m (4 ft 3 in) 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in) 1.4 m (4 ft 7 in)
Elevation +45° to +80°
Shell weight Reported between
23.8–25.6 kg (52–56 lb)
Muzzle velocity 214 m/s (700 ft/s)
Weight 722 kg (1,592 lb) 342 kg (754 lb) 232.5 kg (513 lb)
Range 3.9 km (2.4 mi)
Quantity
produced
90 110

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ War Department Special Series No 30 Japanese Mortars and Grenade Dischargers 1945

BibliographyEdit

  • US War Department Special Series No 30 Japanese Mortars and Grenade Dischargers 1945

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