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Future of the Japanese aviation in War Thunder
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Pilots and tankers!

For the next part of our sneak peek at incoming reinforcements for development in War Thunder, here is our current vision to further enhance the National trees in the game. We will be highlighting the most noteworthy models not yet introduced and today we present to you our vision (not final) forJapanese aircraft.   ==============================


The Mitsubishi Ki-67 was a Japanese heavy bomber successfully used by both the Imperial Army and Navy. The aircraft was designed to replace the obsolescent Ki-49. Preparing for the possible armed conflict with the Soviet Union, the Japanese Army requested an aircraft that had long range capabilities and was durable. However, the main feature of the Ki-67 was it's manoeuvrability at low speed and in high speed dives. The agility of this heavy bomber was so exceptional that it became the basis for the Ki-109 night fighter.

The Ki-67 was used as a long-range bomber, dive bomber, anti-submarine aircraft, ground attacker (equipped with additional cannons angled towards the ground) and as a kamikaze aircraft.

J2M Raiden

The J2M Raiden (Allied codename “Jack”)  was created as an answer to the growing threat of the American bombing raids in the Pacific. Among the advantages of the new interceptor were its high service ceiling, decent climb rate and the armament of up to six 20mm cannons; however it was not enough for the new aircraft to gain competitive edge over the American bombers, especially the new B-29 Superfortress.


Another desperate attempt to protect the mainland Japan from the devastating B-29 attacks was the development of the J7W interceptor. The unusual canard design (i.e. with back-to-front stabilizers and pusher propeller as opposed to tractor configuration) was chosen to retrofit the upcoming gas turbine engine in the future. If the J7W ever reached mass production, it would be a major threat for the American bombers, considering the aircraft’s impressive armament consisting of four 30mm cannons and high agility typical for Japanese fighters.


The Kawanishi H8K was a further development of the H6K flying boat design that improved all of the predecessor’s main parameters. The aircraft’s effective range reached 7,150 km (4440 miles), which allowed two H8K’s to perform in the second raid on Pearl Harbor - the longest distance two-aircraft bombing mission ever, that involved halfway refuelling by submarine. The plane’s maximum speed rose to 465 km/h (290 mph) - a remarkable achievement, considering the  limitations that flying boat concept imposes on aerodynamic qualities of the aircraft. H8K’s defensive armament consisting of 5 MGs and 5 20mm cannons is also worth mentioning.

Stay tuned for the Soviet aircraft tree next Wednesday!

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