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Kawanishi H6K4
H6K4
Note: Base stats only (no upgrade installed)
Rank 1
Battle Rating 2.3
Type Flying Boat/Medium Bomber/Torpodo Bomber
Maximum Speed on height 325 km/h
Maximum Altitude 9,560 m
Turn Time 22.6 seconds
Rate of Climb 6.9 m/s
Takeoff Run 396 m
Armament 4x Turrets: 7.7mm Type 92 machine guns 1x (2328 rds)
1x Turret: 20mm Type 99 Mk. 1 cannon 1x (432 rds)

12x 50kg bombs
2x 250kg bombs
2x 500kg bombs
2x 800kg bombs
2x 835kg torpedoes
2x 849kg torpedoes

The Kawanishi H6K4 (code name «Mavis»), is a Japanese flying boat-type medium/torpedo bomber. It currently sits at Tier 3 in the Japanese line. The upfront cost of a H6K4 is 10,000 Lion.

Design, Development & Operational HistoryEdit

A quad-engined all-metal parasol-wing monoplane flying boat. An experimental version, the Type S, made its first flight on July 14, 1936. The plane was approved by the Imperial Japanese Navy as Type 97 Large Flying Boat in 1937. Mass production began in 1938.

The most common variant was model 22 (H6K4), created in 1940. The first 119 planes were fitted with a air-cooled 14-cylinder twin-row radial Mitsubishi Kinsei 43 engine (1000 hp). Afterwards, the slightly more powerful Kinsei 46 was used. The H6K4 carried more fuel than earlier models, increasing its maximum range to 25 hours, or 6000 kilometers. Its fuselage included waist blisters fitted with machine guns, which required a slightly longer tail section.

The H6K4 was armed with four 7.7mm Type 97 (Lewis) machine guns with 582 rounds apiece and, in the tail turret, one 20mm Type 99-I cannon with 432 rounds. The flying boat could carry twelve 60-kg bombs, four 250-kg bombs, or two 800-kg Type 91 Model 1 torpedoes.

A major weakness of all H6K flying boats was the lack of protective armor for the crew and for the fuel tanks. This was sacrificed for the sake of its extended flight range. When the plane started to suffer losses in combat, designers of later Model 22 planes began to focus on protecting the crew.

The H6K flying boat's first combat action was a raid on Wake Island on December 11, 1941. The plane was widely used in the Pacific theater during the first part of the war. The H6K ran long-range reconnaissance missions, convoy escort duty, submarine searches, bombing missions, and search and rescue operations. When the newer H8K arrived, the H6K began to be used mostly as a transport plane. The plane was in operation until the Japanese surrender in 1945.

127 H6K4s were built, out of a total of 217 H6Ks.

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