Type 61 Tank

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Type 61 Tank
The Type 61 Tank
Height 2.49 meters[1]
Length 8.19 meters[1]
Targets Godzilla
King Ghidorah
King Kong
Mechagodzilla 2
Piloted by Multiple

The Type 61 Tank was a Japanese battle tank developed and built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, operated by the JGSDF from 1961 to 2000. It appears in the 1964 Godzilla film, Mothra vs. Godzilla and several other kaiju films from the Showa series.


Showa era

Mothra vs. Godzilla

Five Type 61 tanks shelled Godzilla from a distance as he approached the incubator holding Mothra's egg. Despite a number of direct hits, he ignored them and continued his march.

After Godzilla killed the adult Mothra, the tanks participated in both JSDF operations to drive Godzilla towards Artificial Lightning Generators. After the failure of the second electrical attack, he turned his atomic ray on them, setting five ablaze.

Frankenstein vs. Baragon

One of the Type 61 tanks sent by the JSDF to hunt for Frankenstein blunders into a pitfall trap the monster prepared for a wild boar.

Invasion of Astro-Monster

The tanks engaged Godzilla, Rodan, and King Ghidorah when the Xiliens unleashed the three kaiju on Japan. Later, they shelled the Xiliens' base of operations of Earth.

Gamera vs. Barugon

To be added.

The War of the Gargantuas

The tanks appeared to attack Sanda and Gaira.


To be added.

King Kong Escapes

The JSDF deployed Type 61 tanks when King Kong arrived in Tokyo, though they did not fire on him or Mechani-kong.

Godzilla vs. Gigan

Type 61 tanks participated in a large JSDF ground assault on Gigan and King Ghidorah in the streets of Tokyo. King Ghidorah destroyed two of them with his gravity beams.

Godzilla vs. Megalon

Megalon faced a massive JSDF ground force in the Japanese countryside, including Type 61 tanks. He destroyed three of them with his horn lightning.

Terror of Mechagodzilla

Type 61 tanks shelled Titanosaurus during the monster's first attack on Tokyo.

Video games



Type 61 Tanks are armed with a 90mm L/52 rifled cannon.

Machine guns

Type 61 Tanks are equipped with a 12.7mm M2 Browning machine gun and a 7.62mm Browning M1919A4.

Land speed

Type 61 Tanks are able to move at 45 kilometers an hour.


  • Coincidentally, real-world production of the Type 61 Tank ceased in 1975, the same year it made its final appearance in a Godzilla film.
  • Every shot of King Ghidorah setting a tank on fire in Godzilla vs. Gigan, or Megalon doing the same in Godzilla vs. Megalon, is stock footage from Mothra vs. Godzilla, with the addition of optical effects for their energy attacks.



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