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Ki-61

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Totals
888000 Price
230 Survivability
3100 kgWeight
144.1 Damage
Speed
1360.9 Airspeed
590 km/hTop Speed at Sea Level
590 km/hTop Speed at Best Altitude
1500 mOptimum Altitude
700 km/hMaximum Dive Speed
115.5 m/sRate of Climb
110 km/hStall Speed
331.5 km/hOptimum Airspeed
Mobility
86.1 Controllability
8.8 sAverage Time to Turn 360 deg
120 °/sRate of Roll
1447.4 Maneuverability
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Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien
888000
First flew in December 1941. Different modifications of the Ki-61 were extensively used during the Pacific War from the early 1943 and through the final days of World War II. Over 3,000 aircraft were built.

Tech Tree

Engine
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Engine
Specifications:
Engine Power, hp1500
Typewater-cooled
Weight, kg700
Applicability:Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien
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EngineKawasaki Ha-40
Specifications:
Engine Power, hp1150
Typewater-cooled
Weight, kg590
Applicability:Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien
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Kawasaki Ha-40
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3600
EngineKawasaki Ha-140
Specifications:
Engine Power, hp1500
Typewater-cooled
Weight, kg700
Price:
Research cost3600
Purchase price42700
Applicability:Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien
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3600
Kawasaki Ha-140
Airframe
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AirframeKi-61-I Kai
Specifications:
Survivability230
Weight, kg2330
Applicability:Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien
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Ki-61-I Kai
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7500
AirframeKi-61-II Ko
Specifications:
Survivability240
Weight, kg2670
Price:
Research cost7500
Purchase price72500
Applicability:Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien
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7500
Ki-61-II Ko
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Airframe
Specifications:
Survivability240
Weight, kg2670
Applicability:Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien
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Synchronized machine gun
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Machine gun12.7 mm Ho-103 (S)
Specifications:
Caliber12.7
Muzzle Velocity, m/s1040
Damage42
Rate of Fire, rounds/min700
Weight, kg60
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2x12.7 mm Ho-103 (S)
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2800
Machine gun20 mm Ho-5 (S)
Specifications:
Caliber20
Muzzle Velocity, m/s1440
Damage65
Rate of Fire, rounds/min360
Weight, kg90
Price:
Research cost2800
Purchase price28260
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2800
2x20 mm Ho-5 (S)
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Machine gun
Specifications:
Caliber20
Muzzle Velocity, m/s1440
Damage65
Rate of Fire, rounds/min360
Weight, kg90
Price:
Purchase price28260
Applicability:Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien
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2x
Wing-mounted weapon
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Machine gun7.7 mm Type 97 model 2 (W)
Specifications:
Caliber7.7
Muzzle Velocity, m/s960
Damage26
Rate of Fire, rounds/min800
Weight, kg30
Applicability:Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien
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2x7.7 mm Type 97 model 2 (W)
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1250
Machine gun12.7 mm Ho-103 (W)
Specifications:
Caliber12.7
Muzzle Velocity, m/s1040
Damage42
Rate of Fire, rounds/min700
Weight, kg60
Price:
Research cost1250
Purchase price13500
Applicability:Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien
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1250
2x12.7 mm Ho-103 (W)
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0
Machine gun
Specifications:
Caliber12.7
Muzzle Velocity, m/s1040
Damage42
Rate of Fire, rounds/min700
Weight, kg60
Price:
Purchase price13500
Applicability:Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien
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2x
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No weapons
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No weapons
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No weapons


Modules

Engine

Engine

Tier Engine Engine Power, hp / Thrust Type Weight, kg Price,
VI 1500 water-cooled 700 42700
VI Kawasaki Ha-40 1150 water-cooled 590 42700
Airframe

Airframe

Tier Airframe Survivability Weight, kg Price,
VI Ki-61-I Kai 230 2330 67400
VI Ki-61-II Ko 240 2670 72500
Synchronized machine gun

Synchronized machine gun

Tier Machine gun Caliber Muzzle Velocity, m/s Damage Rate of Fire, rounds/min Weight, kg Price,
V 20 mm Ho-5 (S) 20 1440 65 360 90 28260
V 20 1440 65 360 90 28260
Wing-mounted weapon

Wing-mounted weapon

Tier Machine gun Caliber Muzzle Velocity, m/s Damage Rate of Fire, rounds/min Weight, kg Price,
III 7.7 mm Type 97 model 2 (W) 7.7 960 26 800 30 4500
IV 12.7 mm Ho-103 (W) 12.7 1040 42 700 60 13500


Compatible Equipment

Compatible Consumables

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Great turn radius
  • Better service ceiling than A6M5, acceptable in most situations the Ki-61 will face.
  • Two more guns than its direct predecessor. Can tear most tier 5s a new one.
  • With top engine, is considerably faster than the Ki-43-II.


Cons:


  • While it has more guns than its direct predecessor, they can feel underwhelming at times.
  • Despite having a better engine than its Zero counterpart, still doesn't hold a candle to Mustang or Bf-109 engines.
  • Wings and tail are noticeably prone to damage.
  • HP pool makes it rather prone to getting ganked by autocannon fire.
  • At this point the Ki line no longer holds the best turn radius, the yak-1 line takes this distinction from here on out.


Performance

While fans of the Ki-43-II will appreciate the enhanced characteristics and two additional guns the Ki-61 offers upon reaching it, for the most part the Ki-61 can be seen as relatively unremarkable, if not just a little below average compared to other fighters of its tier. While it does offer two more guns over the Ki-43-II - which are quite helpful - the overall firepower of the Ki-61 is rather lackluster at this tier at times, not improving very much in terms of actual bite of individual shells. It is similar to the armament situation between the P-51A and P-51D, while there is a little more gun to go around, the overall DPS does not increase much. Those familiar with the mustang line will be familiar with the eventually evident gun-power gap the Ki-61 falls into, and how its immediate successor leaves it in the dust.

That said, a competent Ki-61 pilot is still not to be laughed at. While the Ki-61 does not provide much in terms of better damage-per-shell over its tier 5 predecessor, it does retain a very dangerous maneuverability that almost all other fighter pilots will have to respect if they intend to best you, the only exception being Yak-1 & Yak-1M pilots, the latter more than the former (a 1/3 of a second and 1/2 a second turn time superiority, respectively). At this point, Ki line pilots will either have to refrain from getting into extended turn fights with these fighter craft, or learn the hard way.

Despite losing this advantage, Ki-61 pilots will enjoy a noticeably higher service ceiling than Yak-1M pilots, as well as a better cruising speed. While it is a far cry from a Bf-109 or a Mustang, or even a Spitfire, the Ki-61 can at times be able to surprise opponents with a decent ability to get to where it might be needed most. In particular it - and the Ki-84 as well - can especially excel at ambushing enemy fighters that are preying upon friendly ground attack craft in relatively short order.

Overall, the Ki-61 marks the point where the Ki line shifts from focusing entirely on being able to out-turn any and all opponents - to being still relatively nimble in a turn fight, but not sacrificing all of its speed and service ceiling to achieve it like the Yak fighter line begins doing starting with the Yak-1.


Historical Info

The Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien (飛燕, "flying swallow") is a Japanese World War II fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force. The first encounter reports claimed Ki-61s were Messerschmitt Bf 109s: further reports claimed that the new aircraft was an Italian design, which led to the Allied reporting name of "Tony", assigned by the United States War Department. The Japanese Army designation was "Army Type 3 Fighter" (三式戦闘機). It was the only mass-produced Japanese fighter of the war to use a liquid-cooled inline V engine. Over 3,000 Ki-61s were produced. Initial prototypes saw action over Yokohama during the Halsey-Doolittle Raid on 18 April 1942, and continued to fly combat missions throughout the war.


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