OverviewThe Fiat 3000 is an Italian light tank. One Fiat 3000 tank was bought by the IJA for testing purposes. The tank was an improved version of the Renault FT-17 with a stronger engine and larger turret. The results of the test are not known, but at the same time the IJA was cooperating with Renault, which had recently designed the NC-27. The Italian model was deemed obsolete.
Additional Fiat 3000 were taken over from the armed forces of the local warlord Zhang Zuolin, ruler of the northeast regions of China. He was killed by a bomb planted by a Japanese Kwantung Army officer on 4 June, 1928. The Japanese took over a number of the Fiat 3000, and they were used by the Japanese Kwantung Army to build up a temporary Armoured Car Company. The tanks saw use in the Manchurian Incident in 1929. After Manchukuo's formation in 1931 the tanks were handed over to the Manchurian army.
The armament of the Fiat 3000 varies, but they were not rearmed in Japan.
|Japanese Land Vehicles of WWII - Half-Tracks|
|Transport & Towing||Type 95 Kurogane • Type 98 Ho-Ki Prime Mover • Type 1 Ho-Ha|
|Amphibious Transport & Towing||Ishikawan Jime|
|Amphibious Offensive||Chenilette St-Chamond M1921 • Inoma-Kaminishi • Sumida AMP|
|Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun||Type 98 Ho-Ki SPAAG|
|Japanese Land Vehicles of WWII - Wheeled|
|Armoured / Scout / Patrol Cars||British Crossley Mk I • Type 92 Osaka • Type 87 Armoured Car • Type 3 Sumida • Type 92 Chiyoda • Type 92 Chokei Sensha • Type 92 Kokusan|
|Transport & Towing||Nissan 180 • Nissan Model 97 • Toyota KB • Toyota KC • Type 94 Truck • Type 97 Truck • Type 1 Truck • Type 2 Truck|
|Staff Cars||Nissan 70 • Toyota Syoki • Type 92 Chiyoda • Model 93 Staff Car • Model 95 Kurogane • Nissan Model 97 Staff Car • Type 98 Staff Car|
|Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun||Type 98 Ta-Se (truck)|
|Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun||Nissan 80|
|Amphibious Transport & Towing||Su-Ki Amphibious Truck|
|Motocycles||Model 97 Kurogane • Sanrinsha|