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The Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu (屠龍, "Dragon Slayer") was a two-seat, twin-engine fighter used by the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II. The army gave it the designation "Type 2 Two-Seat Fighter"; the Allied reporting name was "Nick".
In response to the rapid emergence in Europe of twin-engine heavy fighters such as the Messerschmitt Bf 110, the army ordered development of a twin-engine, two-seat fighter in 1937, and assigned the proposal by Kawasaki Shipbuilding the designation of Ki-38. This only went as far as a mock up, but by December of that year, the army ordered a working prototype as the Ki-45, which first flew in January 1939. Results from the test flights, however, did not meet the army's expectations. The Ha-20 Otsu engine was underpowered and failure-prone, while the airframe suffered from nacelle stall. The Ki-45 did not enter use, but the army, insistent on having a working twin-engine fighter, ordered Kawasaki to continue development. Kawasaki responded by replacing the engines with the proven Nakajima Ha-25. Flight tests were promising. In October 1940, the army ordered continued improvements such as switching to 805 kW (1,080 hp) Mitsubishi Ha-102 engines. This craft, designated Ki-45 Kai, was complete in September 1941 and was officially adopted for use by the army in February 1942 as the "Type 2 Two-Seat Fighter"'.

Ki-45 KAIaEdit

Kawasaki Ki-45 KAIa
"Toryo"
"Nick"
300px
General Historical Information
Place of origin Japan
Speed 540 km/h
Category Heavy Fighter
General Ingame Information
Used by Japan
Guns See table
Bombs See table
Seat 2 See table
Historical Picture
[[File:{{{History Picture}}}|300px]]


The KAIa was the first variant. The armament was one forward-firing 20 mm Ho-3 gun and two 12.7 mm Ho-103 mg's in the nose. For protection behind, there was a 7.7 mm Type 98 as rear gun. It was possible to carry two drop tanks or two 250kg bombs on underwing racks. In FHSW this aircraft is available with two Type 2 HEAT Cluster bombs.
It went in service in August 1942 and for first use in October 1942. It will soon know by the allieds as the Nick.


Left Mouse Click Right Mouse Click Seat 2
Option 1 2x 12.7 mm Ho-103 1x 20 mm Ho-3 1x 7.7 mm Type 98
Option 2 1x 20 mm Ho-3
2x 12.7 mm Ho-103
2x 250 kg bombs 1x 7.7 mm Type 98
Option 3 1x 20 mm Ho-3
2x 12.7 mm Ho-103
2x Type 2 HEAT Cluster bombs 1x 7.7 mm Type 98


Ki-45 KAIbEdit

RKi-45 KAIb
Kawasaki Ki-45 KAIb1 "Toryo"
"Nick"
300px
General Historical Information
Place of origin Japan
Speed 540 km/h
Category Heavy Fighter
General Ingame Information
Used by Japan
Guns See table
Bombs See table
Seat 2 See table
Historical Picture
[[File:{{{History Picture}}}|300px]]


The second variant was the KAIb and was more for ground-attack/antishipping purpose. Again the same armament nearly like the KAIa. It have two 20 mm Ho-3 guns and the 12.7 mm Ho-103 mg's are removed and replace by a 37mm Ho-98 canon. A number of alternative weapon installations were tried experimentally, including the use of a 75mm cannon for attacks on shipping. In FHSW this aircraft is also available with two Type 2 HEAT Cluster bombs or with two 250 kg bombs.

Left Mouse Click Right Mouse Click Seat 2
Option 1 2x 20 mm Ho-3 1x 37 mm Ho-98 1x 7.7 mm Type 98
Option 2 2x 12.7 mm Ho-103
1x 37 mm Ho-98
2x 250 kg bombs 1x 7.7 mm Type 98
Option 3 2x 12.7 mm Ho-103
1x 37 mm Ho-98
2x Type 2 HEAT Cluster bombs 1x 7.7 mm Type 98


Ki-45 KAIcEdit

RKi-45 KAIc
Kawasaki Ki-45 KAIc "Toryo"
"Nick"
Ki-45 KAIc
General Historical Information
Place of origin Japan
Speed 540 km/h
Category Heavy Fighter
General Ingame Information
Used by Japan
Guns See Table
Bombs See Table
Special abilities Radar available
Seat 2 See Table
Historical Picture
[[File:{{{History Picture}}}|300px]]


One of the most used veriants ingame is the KAIc. This was night fighter variant. Yeah.... we know each nightfighter ingame have radars and this one have it not, but a single KAIc flew with centimetric radar shortly before the end of the war. The need grows after the Consoldiated B-24 Liberators more be used for night bombings. Thus the night-fighting capability of the type was discovered, leading to development of the Ki-45 KAIc night-fighter, which proved to be one of the most successful Japanese aircraft in this category. In 1944 it went in service as the only army-night fighter of the war. Armament are one forward firing 20 mm Ho-3 and two forward firing 37 mm Ho-203. The reargunner have a 7.7 mm Type 98 gun. Possible to equip the aircraft with two 250 kg bombs and in FHSW also available with two Type 2 HEAT Cluster bombs. Production of the Ki-45 KAIc got underway at Kawasaki's Akashi plant in March 1944, the first aircraft being completed the following month.
The aircraft show himself as a very well interceptor when the Americans attack with 15 B-29's on June 15. Eight KAIc's shot down eight bombers. At that time about 40 Ki-45 KAIc fighters had been completed. 477 KAIc are been produced in nearly one year!

Left Mouse Click Right Mouse Click Seat 2
Option 1 1x 20 mm Ho-3 2x 37 mm Ho-203 1x 7.7 mm Type 98
Option 2 1x 20 mm Ho-3
2x 37 mm Ho-203
2x 250 kg bombs 1x 7.7 mm Type 98
Option 3 1x 20 mm Ho-3
2x 37 mm Ho-203

2x Type 2 HEAT Cluster bombs

1x 7.7 mm Type 98


Ki-45 KAIdEdit

KKaid
Kawasaki Ki-45 KAId "Toryo"
"Nick"
300px
General Historical Information
Place of origin Japan
Speed 540 km/h
Category Heavy Fighter
General Ingame Information
Used by Japan
Guns 1x 20 mm Ho-3
1x 37mm Ho-203
2x 20 mm Ho-3 (30° ↑)
Historical Picture
[[File:{{{History Picture}}}|300px]]



Ki-45 KAIeEdit

Kawasaki Ki-45 KAIe "Toryo"
"Nick"
Ki-45 KAIe
General Historical Information
Place of origin Japan
Speed 540 km/h
Category Heavy Fighter
General Ingame Information
Used by Japan
Guns 1x 40 mm Ho-301
2x 20 mm Ho-3 (30° ↑)
Historical Picture
[[File:{{{History Picture}}}|300px]]



Ki-45 Ho-204Edit

Kawasaki Ki-45 KAI with 37 mm Ho-204
300px
General Historical Information
Place of origin Japan
Speed 540 km/h
Category Heavy Fighter
General Ingame Information
Used by Japan
Guns 1x 20 mm Ho-5
1x 37 mm Ho-204
Seat 2 1x 7.7 mm Type 98
Historical Picture
[[File:{{{History Picture}}}|300px]]



Ki-45 Ho-401Edit

Kawasaki Ki-45 KAI with Ho-401
300px
General Historical Information
Place of origin Japan
Speed 540 km/h
Category Heavy Fighter
General Ingame Information
Used by Japan
Guns 1x 20 mm Ho-5
1x 57 mm Ho-401
Historical Picture
[[File:{{{History Picture}}}|300px]]



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