J2M5 30mm

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The J2M5 Model 33 (30 mm), designated as Raiden Mod.33 (Prototype) (雷電三三型 (原型)), is a prototype of the J2M5 replacing the four 20 mm cannons with two 30 mm Type 5 cannons. Due to lack of material and manpower, as well as constant bombing, it never entered production lines.

It was introduced in Update 1.51 "Cold Steel". While offering the same flight characteristics as the Raiden it was based on, its armament is of a different calibre, both physically and in usage. The Type 5 30 mm's this J2M5 carries offer a lot of punch for a very limited ammo capacity, so it's up to the pilot to make every trigger pull count.


General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 6 580 m615 km/h
Turn time19 s
Max altitude11 500 m
EngineMitsubishi Kasei 26
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight4 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 6,580 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 585 569 11500 20.2 20.6 12.9 12.9 300
Upgraded 646 615 18.5 19.0 23.9 17.5


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
820 350 488 454 280 ~12 ~9
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 400 < 400 < 460 > 324
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,800 m 1,510 hp 1,812 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
5,750 m 1,400 hp 1,680 hp
Setting 3
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,200 m 1,310 hp 1,572 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural820 km/h
Gear350 km/h
  • 70 mm Bulletproof glass - Armoured windscreen
  • 8.5 mm Steel plate in pilot's headrest

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
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RB4 331 Sl icon.png
SB5 039 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts290 000 Sl icon.png
Aces940 Ge icon.png
Research Aces960 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 90 / 220 / 450 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 166 / 166 / 166 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Wings repair
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Engine injection
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Offensive armament

Ammunition84 rounds
Fire rate500 shots/min
Main article: Type 5 navy (30 mm)

The J2M5 30mm is armed with:

  • 2 x 30 mm Type 5 navy cannons, wing-mounted (42 rpg = 84 total)

Universal belts contain the most HEF rounds, including HEF-I, and a tracer for ease of aim.

Suspended armament

List of setups (1)
Setup 12 x 60 kg Navy Type 97 Number 6 ground bomb

The J2M5 30mm can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 60 kg Navy Type 97 Number 6 bombs (120 kg total)

Usage in battles

The premium J2M5 with 2 x 30 mm cannons sits at a favourable battle rating. Although a stubby and small aircraft, the Mitsubishi J2M Raiden can be considered one of the best Japanese fighters. Unlike its predecessors, the premium variant of the J2M5 features a deadly armament of two 30 mm cannons. However, the main advantage the Raiden has over its Allied counterparts is its climb rate. In Realistic Battles, the J2M5 can climb to higher altitudes very quickly, especially when given an air start. This facet of the Raiden's performance is particularly exemplified in the J2M5, the last in-game variant of the Raiden that features the greatest performance of the series. This is partially due to its mechanically-driven supercharger which allows the J2M5 to perform at high altitude. Once at a high altitude, it becomes possible to choose when, where, and who you want to fight. The premium J2M5's 30 mm cannons may initially seem rather lacklustre due to the low ammo count but they do an impressive amount of damage upon a successful hit. Generally, the J2M5 performs similarly to the early Fw 190 A variants, having a deadly armament, good roll rate, low top speed, but higher climb rate. The J2M5 differs from this rule slightly as it was built for speed and high-altitude performance. The Raiden is best used as an energy fighter instead of turning and burning all its built up speed in turns, attack enemies from a higher altitude and then regain that altitude once the attack has been delivered. The J2M5 excels at Boom & Zoom due to its high rate of climb, deadly armament, and high altitude characteristics.

Sharing this role with other energy fighters such as the Fw 190 D-13, the Raiden's main downside is its lack of manoeuvrability. Similar to its aforementioned German counterpart, the Raiden struggles to beat enemies in turn fights, especially Spitfires. If caught in a sticky situation, the Raiden pilot may choose to dive away or seek help from teammates. Trying to fight an enemy Spitfire in a turning battle with any J2M is a terrible idea unless the enemy aircraft is damaged or many teammates are nearby. Moreover, the J2M's high-speed manoeuvrability is very poor; often, it becomes a matter of life and death when pulling out of a high-speed dive as the Raiden's elevator authority at high speeds is lacking. The entire aircraft locks up at excess speeds of 645 km/h (400 mph). It can be very difficult to pull out of a dive, roll, or turn when at high speeds with the J2M. The Raiden's manoeuvrability is more or less on par with its enemies in Simulator Battles, for the most part.

The Raiden pilot may also find him or herself outclassed at extreme altitudes by aircraft such as the Ta 152. All these aircraft have to do to avoid the J2M5 is dive away and build up speed. Fortunately, this aircraft has a deadly pair of 30 mm cannons. With good aim and practice, it is possible to snipe enemies from upwards of a kilometre away with these weapons.

Overall, the Raiden is best used as a surprise attack, high altitude, high damage output fighter. Where it lacks in the manoeuvrability category, it makes up for in armament and rate of climb.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
3 gears
Not controllable

Pros and cons


  • Favourable matchmaking for what it's capable of
  • Climbs very well
  • Powerful 30 mm cannons
  • Reasonably nimble at low and medium speeds
  • Has generally good dive characteristics
  • Large, sloped 70 mm bulletproof glass in front of the pilot
  • Above-average roll rate at lower speeds


  • Very poor high-speed performance
  • Elevator doesn't respond well at high speeds
  • Lack of armour around fuel tanks or engine
  • Prone to engine and fuel fires
  • Firing the guns slows the plane down immensely
  • Cannons are mounted in the wings, resulting in significant convergence issues
  • Extremely limited ammunition pool
  • Moderate to poor energy retention


Main article: History of the J2M

Nearing the end of the war, the focus of the J2Ms was shifted towards even more local interceptors as requested at a faster approach. With the J2M5, Raiden Model 33's a new and last engine revision was made, the Kasei 26a engine with a mechanically driven supercharger. This allowed the Model 33 to get higher speeds at higher altitudes compared to that of the J2M4, Model 32 at the cost of total range which was a sacrifice that was required as American bombers got closer and closer to the mainland.

Within the Model 33 there has been several prototype variants and armament configurations of only one becoming a production line variant, the J2M5a, Raiden Model 33 Ko which had four 20 mm Type 99 Model 2 cannons.

One other of these variants, the J2M5 with Type 5 30 mm, which didn't make it to the production line, as by the time, bombers got through and bombed the Japanese logistics from December 1944 onward, which took its toll on the aircraft production overall.

A direct hit on the Mitsubishi aircraft plant caused the complete loss of airframes, machine tools, and jigs and eventually halted production. Production generally suffered less from direct hits on factories, which were rare, but from attacks on suppliers and consequent shortages of material and construction tools.



See also

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External links

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