N1K1-Ja : Violet Lightning
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We present the new Japanese piston-engine N1K1-Ja fighter, which will arrive in War Thunder 1.59: Flaming Arrows.

By the spring of 1944, the primary efforts of Japan’s aviation industry were aimed at creating an improved version of the N1K2-J Shiden Kai, but development on its predecessor the N1K1 nonetheless continued. The base model was equipped with the more accurate long-barreled 20mm cannons instead of the previous short-barreled cannons and an external honeycomb oil radiator was installed to improve heat exchange. So the N1K1-Ja Shiden (JP: Violet Lightning) model was born.

The N1K1-Ja will be the first vehicle in the N1K fighter group in War Thunder. Along with creating the N1K1-Ja model, we’ve also updated the models of the N1K2 fighters. As a ‘native’ camouflage for the Shiden, we chose an aircraft from the Kugisho kokutai formation, which in 1944 was located at the Oppama airbase in Yokosuka.

In War Thunder, the fighter is placed at rank IV in Japan’s naval fighter branch. The speed of the N1K1-Ja amounts to a little over 650 km/h, and its armament consists of two 7.7 mm machine guns as well as two, long-barreled 20mm naval Type 99 Model 2 Mark 3 cannons with drum magazines. Two more of these cannons can be mounted in optional gunpods. The Shiden can carry two 60 kg bombs, and the bombs can be carried even when the gunpods are equipped. The Shiden has all the required characteristics to jump into the fray and win duels even when outnumbered. It has a very nice speed for its rank, precise and obedient controls, and an excellent armament of machine guns and four cannons, which allow the N1K1-Ja to take on both other fighters and enemy bombers.

Meet this new addition to the Japanese air force in War Thunder 1.59: Flaming Arrows. The battles promise to be fierce!

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