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Type 89 IFV
Type 89 IFV
Tier / Class:
Season Contracts
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
200 mm
Hit Points:
Hull F/S/R:
120 / 50 / 40
Turret F/S/R:
150 / 80 / 40
Max Speed:
66.6 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
3.4 s
Hull Traverse:
40.8 deg/s
445 m
Accuracy (Spread):
Max Cannon Depression:
9 / 60°
Turret Traverse Speed:
45.7 deg/s

The Type 89 IFV is a Tier 7 Premium AFV originating from Japan. It can be acquired by completing Spirithaven Seasonal Contract Missions. The Type 89's upgrades are also unlocked through mission completion.


  • Harder to Spot: When moving slowly, this vehicle does not lose any camouflage and can effectively creep around.
  • Troop Compartment: This vehicle features a troop compartment, allowing you to repair your modules faster and to capture objectives more effectively.

Player Recommendations[]

Pros and Cons[]


  • Premium Vehicle, effectively for free
  • Camo bonus when stopped
  • View-range bonus when stopped
  • Powerful ATGMs
  • Troop Compartment
  • Other vehicles' games count towards unlocking upgrades


  • Only 2 missile and slow salvo reload
  • Slow as stock
  • Upgrades unlocked through Mission Completion only
  • ATGM is not self-guided

Upgrade Suggestions[]

Upgrades are unlocked by completing numbers of Contract Missions, if they aren't fitted as stock,
NOTE: The number of contract missions is not amount of medals awarded by each contract, but the actual number of missions themselves. A weekly mission counts as 5.

Non-stock upgrades are unlocked in the following order:

  1. Reinforced Tracks : 50 missions
  2. Experimental Smoke Grenades : 100 missions
  3. Improved Turbocharger : 200 missions
  4. ATGM Targeting System : 300 missions

All Missions completed with any tank, count toward the total, and the separate totals count toward each other: i.e. the 50 for Reinforced Tracks, counts towards the 100 missions for the next upgrade, and so on. There is no choice of upgrades, they are unlocked in a set order, and free XP cannot be used to boost progess.

Retrofit Suggestions[]

  • Improved Filter Systems
  • Electro-optical Absorbing Paint
  • Improved Telescopic Lenses

Commander and crew skill Suggestions[]

  • Commander: Rashid Al-Atassi or Sabrina Washington, for improvements to: ATGMs, camo rating, view range,
  • Driver: Smooth Ride, Off-Road Driving
  • Gunner: Sting Like A Bee, Explosive Shells


Type 89 IFV Stock Armor
XP Cost Credit Cost Hull
Stock Stock ? mm (vs AP)
? mm (vs HEAT)
Unknown ? mm (vs AP)
? mm (vs HEAT)
Unknown N/A N/A% (vs AP)
N/A% (vs HEAT)
Type 89's steel hull and turret can resist high-caliber machineguns from any angle while the frontal arc is protected against 20mm AP rounds.


5mm Oerlikon KDE Autocannon with Type 79 Jyu-MAT Launchers
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Area of effect Penetration Velocity Accuracy (Fully Aimed) Reload Time Shells in Magazine Reload within Magazine Burst Fire Rate
35mm TLD-038 APDS AP Stock 45 0m 200mm 1,345m/s 0.07° 2.5s 34 {{{reloadm}}}s 250rd/min
35mm SSD-048 HE HE Stock 45 0.25m 15mm 1,100m/s 0.1° 2.5s 34 {{{reloadm}}}s 250rd/min

Missile Name Type Reputation Damage Penetration Velocity Reload Time Missiles in Launcher Reload within Launcher Burst Fire Rate Splash Radius Flight Agility Self-Guided
Type 79 ATGM HEAT Stock 780 780mm 250m/s 1.5s 2 {{{reloadm}}}s 8.3rd/min 0m {{{agility}}}deg/s No


Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Mitsubishi Type 6SY31 WA 600 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 66.6km/h {{{reverse}}} 3.4s {{{0-max}}} 40.8deg/s {{{firechance}}}


Type 89 IFV Upgrades
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
Spall Liner Stock Stock Hit point increased by 150

Aramid Module Liner Stock Stock Hit point increased by 250

M90 Smoke Grenades Stock Stock Provides 8 volleys.
Magazine capacity: 2 rounds.
Takes 6 s to reload.
Duration: 10 s
Magazine reload time: 80 s

Experimental Smoke Grenades 100 missions xx Provides 12 volleys.
Magazine capacity: 4 rounds.
Takes 2s to reload.
Duration: 10 s
Magazine reload time: 60 s

ATGM Targeting System 300 missions xx Allowss you to simultaneously control more missiles.

Improved Turbocharger 200 missions xx Acceleration +30%
Top Speed +15%
Engine durability reduced: -10%

Reinforced Tracks 50 missions 1,500,000 Increased track HP: +100%

Special Abilities[]

Name Activation Time Duration Reload Time Ability Changes
Deploy AT Squad
Ability AT squad.png
1 s N/A s N/A s Anti-Tank troops set ambushes that are highly effective against lightly armored vehicles. Deploy 4 Anti-tank troops

Sniper drop
Ability Sniper.png
1 s N/A s N/A s The sharpshooter is also a great scout, very effective against enemy infantry and capable of destroying vehicle optics. Deploy 1 Sniper

Mortar squad drop
Ability Mortar.png
1 s N/A s N/A s Mortar squad delivers stand-off indirect plunging fire. Deploy 1 Mortar squad


Class: Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Developed: 1980-1989
Service: 1989+
Vehicles Built: 68
Operators: Japan

This is the most modern tracked IFV in Japanese service. The Type 89, much like other western designs of the same class, came to be as a replacement for the obsolete APCs (in this case, Type 60 and Type 73) that were designed to be deployed with the Battle Taxi doctrine in mind. The IFV requirement for Japanese domestic use was first formulated around 1980. What followed were three or so years of procurement talks, culminating with a contract for Mitsubishi to build four prototypes in 1984. During the next several years, several prototypes were built and tested successfully. The vehicle was then officially accepted in service in 1989 under the designation Type 89 IFV.

Initially, 300 vehicles of this type were ordered but, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the need to build a large number of IFVs all but evaporated. Combined with the Japanese economic recession of the early 1990s, it would seem that the cancelation of the program was all but inevitable. But, that didn’t happen.

Instead, Japan chose to build a relatively small number of these IFVs between 1989 and 2004 with the rate of 8 (1989) to mere 1-2 pieces (2004) per year. This drove the unit price of Type 89 to incredible heights and, at roughly 5 million USD per unit (to compare, a Bradley costs roughly 3 million USD per unit), it is currently the most expensive IFV ever mass-produced, anywhere. It is assumed that the Japanese did that simply to keep the plant alive and the workers there employed but the costs were nevertheless staggering, even for Japan. The plan to replace the older APCs mostly failed due to budget restraints and the older APCs remain in service, waiting to be replaced by a next generation vehicle.

See also[]

External Links[]

Armored Warfare: the Type 89 Tier 7 Premium AFV

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