The Type 97 Te-Ke (九七式軽装甲車 テケ Kyū-nana-shiki kei sōkōsha Teke) was a reconnaissance designed tankette that replaced the Type 94 Tokushu Keninsha. The vehicle was conceived when a diesel prototype of the Type 94 TK showed to be ridden with issues, requiring a new vehicle design. As a result, Te-Ke heavily resembles the TK, the major visual changes being the relocation of the engine to the back, and shifting of the turret to the center. The Te-Ke replaced the TK on the assembly line in 1939. The main gun was intended to be a Type 94 37mm, but due to issues with supply, many vehicles were instead fitted with a Type 97 7.7mm (2800 rounds). The Te-Ke was used to great effect as an armoured recon vehicle. However, much like the TK, later on the Te-Ke was often used for infantry support and even against tanks. It was not designed to perform these tasks, and saw little success.
Armored personnel and ammunition carrier built upon the Type 97 Te-Ke chassis.
Artillery observation vehicle built upon the Type 97 Te-Ke chassis.
|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||Type 2 Amphibious Wheel/Track|
|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|