Kawasaki Ki-102

The Kawasaki Ki-102 was a Japanese warplane of World War II. It was a twin-engined, two-seat, long-range heavy fighter developed to replace the Ki-45 Toryu. Three versions were planned: the Ki-102a day fighter, Ki-102b ground attack and Ki-102c night fighter. The Allied reporting name for the Ki-102 was Randy. 


Kawasaki Ki-102
Class Aircraft
Type Fighter
Manufacturer Kawasaki Aerospace Company
Origin Japan
Country Name Origin Year
Japan 1944
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Kawasaki Aerospace Company 239 View

It entered service in 1944, but saw limited action. The main type (the Ki-102b ground attack variant) was kept in reserve to protect Japan, although it did see some limited duty in the Okinawa campaign. The Ki-102 was kept out of front line service because it was hoped that it would be the carrier of the Igo-1-B air-to-ground guided missile when the Allied invasion of Japan occurred.

Role Fighter
National origin Japan
Manufacturer Kawasaki Kokuki Kogyo K.K.
First flight 1944
Introduction 1944
Retired 1945
Primary user Imperial Japanese Army Air Force
Number built 238
Developed from Kawasaki Ki-96


General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 11.45 m (37 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 15.57 m (51 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 3.70 m (12 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 34 m (366 ft)
  • Empty weight: 4,950 kg (10,900 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 7,300 kg (16,000 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 x Mitsubishi Ha-112-II Ru 14-cylinder radial engine, 1,500 hp (1,100 kW) each
Performance 

  • Maximum speed: 580 km/h (310 knots, 360 mph)
  • Range: 2,000 km (1,100 nm, 1,200 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 10,000 m (33,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 714 m/s (2,340 ft/min)
  • Power/mass: 2.4kg/hp (5.4lb/hp)

Armament

  • Guns:
    • 1 x 57 mm (2.24 in) Ho-401 cannon(replaced in the 102a with a 37mm cannon, deleted in the 102c)
    • 2 x 20 mm (0.787 in) Ho-5 cannon (replaced in the 102c with 30mm cannons)
    • 1 x 12.7 mm (0.50 in) Ho-103 machine gun (deleted in the 102a and 102c)
  • Stores: 2 x 200 litre drop tanks or 2 x 551 lb bombs

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