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Kawasaki Ki-61-Ia Hien
Ki-61-Ia Hien
Note: Base stats only (no upgrade installed)
Rank 5
Battle Rating {{{rating}}}
Type Fighter
Maximum Speed on height 590 km/h
Maximum Altitude 11,600 m
Turn Time 23.4 seconds
Rate of Climb 12 m/s
Takeoff Run 421 m
Armament 2x 12.7mm Ho-103 machine guns (800 rds)
2x 7.7mm Type 89 machine guns (800 rds)
Burst Mass 1.34kg/s

The Kawasaki Ki-61-Ia Hien (code name «Tony»), is a single-seat monoplane fighter. It currently sits at Tier 5 in the Japanese line. The upfront cost of a Ki-61-Ia is 45,000 Lion.

Design, Development & Operational HistoryEdit

A lightweight multipurpose fighter plane, the Ki-61 Hien («Swallow») was well-armed and well-armored. From the very beginning, the makers of the Ki-61 concerned themselves with protecting the fuel tanks and the pilot. The light multipurpose fighter was an effective answer to «hit-and-run» fighters, thanks to its survivability and high diving speed.

The Ki-61 had a Kawasaki Ha-40 liquid-cooled inverted V12 engine, a licensed copy of the DB 601A, capable of 1175 hp. A prototype was ready in 1941, and by the next year the first production models were manufactured and the Ki-61-I-Ko began its service life. It was equipped with two wing-mounted 7.7 mm machine guns and two fuselage-mounted 12.7 mm machine guns.

All in all, 1380 Ki-61-I-Ko and Ki-61-I-Otsu aircraft were manufactured, including prototypes.

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