Ki-45 Type 2 (Nick)
Japanese nickname was Toryu (Dragon Killer). This versatile and successful fighter followed
the trend of developing twin engine fighters, like the P-38 Lightning.
Useful in ground attack and anti-shipping strikes due to its firepower.
Varying armaments included 20mm or 37mm cannons in the nose, or later in the war, upward firing cannons.
Later in the war, the plane was also used as a night fighter and B-29 interceptor with
obliquely mounted upward firing cannons behind the pilot.
Crew Two (Pilot, Gunner)
Engine 2 x air-cooled
radial 14 cylinder driving three bladed propeller
Span 15.02 m
Length 10.6 m
Height 3.57 m
Maximum Speed 323 mph
Range 1,056 miles
Armament (nose) 2 x 12.7mm and
20mm cannon or 37mm Ho-203 cannon (rear) 7.7mm machine gun in flexible mount
External Drop tanks or 250kg bomb