Kawasaki Ki-45

The Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu was a two-seat, twin-engined fighter used by the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II as the Type 2. The Allied codename was Nick. 


Kawasaki Ki-45
Class Aircraft
Type Fighter
Manufacturer Kawasaki Aerospace Company
Origin Japan
Country Name Origin Year
Japan 1941
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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The Ki-45 was initially deployed as a long-range bomber escort. It soon became clear that the Ki-45 could not match single-engine fighters in aerial combat. However, the Ki-45 served successfully subsequently in the roles of bomber interception, ground and ship attack, and fleet defense.

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Length: 11.00 m (36 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 15.02 m (49 ft 4 in)
  • Height: 3.70 m (12 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 32.0 m (344 ft)
  • Empty weight: 4,000 kg (8,820 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 5,500 kg (12,125 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: kg (lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 x Mitsubishi Ha-102 14-cylinder radial engines, 727 kW (975 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 540 km/h (336 mph)
  • Range: 2,000 km (1,243 mi)
  • Service ceiling 10,000 m (32,800 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 11.7 m/s (2,300 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 171.9 kg/m (35 lb/ft)
  • Power/mass: 0.26 kW/kg (0.16 hp/lb)

Armament

  • Ko: 1 x 20 mm, 2 x 12.7 mm, 2 x 7.92 mm
  • Otsu: 1 x 37 mm, 2 x 12.7 mm, 1 x 7.92 mm
  • Hei: 1 x 37 mm, 1 x 20 mm, 1 x 7.92 mm
  • Tei: 1 x 37 mm, 2 x 20 mm
  • Bo: 1 x 40 mm

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