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Ki-200 Shusui
General characteristics
1 personCrew
1.9 tEmpty weight
4.3 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
14 900 mCeiling
sec17.0/17.0/0.0Turn Time
161 km/hStalling speed
Toko Ro.2Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1 040 km/hStructural
550 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 х 30 mm Type 5 cannonWeapon 1
120 roundsAmmunition
450 shots/minFire rate
200 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
610 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png19 168 / 22 905/11 916 / 14 239/5 580 / 6 668Repair
180 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
610 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 500 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.00 Rp icon.pngReward for battle


GarageImage Ki-200.jpg

The Ki-200 Shusui is a Rank V Japanese jet aircraft with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

The Ki-200's instrument panel.

The Ki-200 sits at a with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). As a rocket, you are the fastest accelerating plane in this bracket. Some of the most common enemies you will face are MiG-17s, MiG-15s(bis's), CL-13s, La-15s, Me 163s, Yak-30s as well as bombers such as the Tu-4, the Tu-14 and the IL-28. For the most part, you have incredible advantages over anything you will face. The main downfall of the Ki-200 is that it only has 5 minutes of fuel. Because of this, fights cannot last long periods of time and you must always be aware of the closest airfield location.

Another, issue of the Ki-200 is that the wings are very fragile. Any sort of high speed turn will result in your plane being brutally ripped apart.

People often don't know what to do with the Ki-200 at the start of a match. For one, on every single map you join, you will get an air start. You can choose to climb, which is time consuming and uses fuel, or you can, race full-throttle towards the enemy. By doing this, you can often catch unknowing enemy aircraft climbing.

Once again, DO NOT try to turn fight at speeds exceeding 450 mph/720 kph. If you want to turn or maneuver, throttle down and jiggle your rudder so the plane slows down. By doing this, you can almost certainly avoid ripping your wings.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 10,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
983 973 14 900 17.2 17.4 39.3 36.9 357
Max Speed
(km/h at 10,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 14 900  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 357


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
1 040 550 620 ~12.5 ~6
Optimal velocities
< 790 < 600 < 690 > 250

Survivability and armour

  • 70 mm Bulletproof glass - Armored windscreen
  • 13 mm Steel plate behind the pilot


Offensive armament

Main article: Type 5 navy (30 mm)

The Ki-200 is armed with:

  • 2 x 30 mm Type 5 cannon, wing-mounted (60 rpg = 120 total)

Usage in the battles

Some of the aircraft you will face while flying the Ki-200 are the top tier jets such as the MiG-17 and the MiG-15/MiG-15bis. As a rocket, you have almost unprecedented advantage over all of these aircraft. The Ki-200, has an astounding climb rate rivaling that of the MiG-15. Due to this, you can choose when and where you want to engage enemy aircraft. Having this is the most important advantage one can have whilst flying the Ki-200. Once you lose this ability, you are able to be destroyed. An example of this would be when you are almost out of fuel and/or ammunition and are forced to land. Another huge advantage you have over jet and prop aircraft is your ability to turn. The Ki-200 can virtually turn on a dime, allowing you to even out turn propeller aircraft. However if you try to turn at high speeds your plane will break.

The main points:

  • Watch your fuel.
  • Watch your speeds when turning/diving.
  • Have situational awareness.
  • Decide the terms of attack.

The Ki-200's armament consists of 2 x Type-5 30 mm cannons. The Ki-200 only has 120 rounds of ammunition so it is essential you hit your target accurately. For this, It is not recommend attempting deflection shots. It is simply too easy for you to get up close, with an enemy and kill it with usually less than 20 rounds. That being said, learning how to lead for long range shots is unnecessary while flying the Ki-200. However, you may come upon situations; in which you are following an enemy jet and can't close distance. In those situations, it is very helpful to know how to deliver 30 mm shells at a longer distance. Usually, it is not difficult, to hit those shots but it can become aggravating due to the cannons jerking left and right from recoil. It is advisable against long, arduous engagements (e.g. following an F-80 and not being able to close the distance) because you waste too much fuel and risk not being able to return to an airfield even if you destroy the plane.

Maneuvering and Landing
To fully master the Ki-200 it is; important to learn how to maneuver and land effectively. It is strongly advise, against vertical maneuvers in the Ki-200. Even if you are at speeds under 450 mph/720 kph; it becomes very easy to rip your wings in vertical dives. That being said, do not try to quickly nose up after any sort of vertical maneuver. Come back to your old buddy the horizontal turn. You may think because the Ki-200 is the Tier 5 aircraft: it must be bad at turning, but that is simply not the case. The Ki-200 is a blend between a Zero, a MiG 15, and a Sabre. It turns like nothing, has an incredible climb rate, and can reach very high top speeds.

In order to land with the Ki-200, you must come into the runway on a slow approach. The Ki-200 has gear and landing flaps, but I would only recommend using the gear to lose air speed coming into the landing. If you hit the runway too hard with the gear down, the plane goes into an up and down motion sort of like there are imaginary hills on the runway. Belly landings are much more efficient not only because you avoid the derp, but because the aircraft will slow down incredibly quickly. In general, land it like a prop plane but without landing gear. It is possible to land on aircraft carriers although it requires some skill. You have to come in extremely slow and without gear. Essentially, you want to hit the deck with as little speed as possible so you stop. It is recommended to try to land, at speeds no less than 130 mph/210 kph.

Bomber Hunting
Do not go after bombers while flying the Ki-200 because when flying the Japanese at late tier 4 or early tier 5 you often have a mixture of Ki-200 (the dog-fighters) R2Y2 (the bomber killers) and various props which are hybrids. Due to the lack of ammo in the Ki-200 I would not recommend going after bombers unless they are the only plane left on the enemy team. You simply waste too much ammo for too little a reward. The R2Y2 is much more suited for bomber killing as it has 4 x 30 mm cannons with plenty of ammunition. However, if you do decide to engage a bomber it is advised to attack from above and behind where you can get easy shots on the bomber's wing roots and fuselage. You may also come straight down and aim for the wings. Once again, be careful pulling up from the dive. Some common bombers you may face are the Tu-4, SO.4050, Tu-14 and IL-28. Although mostly defenseless they are extremely fast. It would recommend attacking them head on if they are at their top speed. Otherwise, they are very hard to catch even with the Ki-200.


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Offensive 30 mm
II Airframe
III Wings Repair New 30 mm Cannons
IV Engine Cover

Pros and cons


  • High top speed
  • Fast turning
  • Extremely, good acceleration
  • Good climb rate
  • Good glide characteristics


  • Low ammunition count
  • Largely unreliable guns
  • Low fuel, capacity
  • Fuel runs out very fast, since it uses a rocket engine
  • Weak wings, susceptible to snaps


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