The Ki-96 is a rank III premium Japanese twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB) and 3.7 (RB/SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.35.
The Ki-96 is a generally smooth flyer and is characterized by its powerful armament, high speed, high climb rate, interceptor spawn and relatively good turn rate. All of these traits make for a solid interceptor that can shred through bombers like a hot Katana through wet Bamboo.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 5,000 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 5,000 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
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|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
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Survivability and armour
- 12 mm steel plating in the nose
- 16 mm steel plating behind the pilot
- Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
- Self-sealing fuel tanks in the wings
The Ki-96 is armed with:
- 1 x 37 mm Ho-203 cannon, Nose-mounted (25 rpg)
- 2 x 20 mm Ho-5 cannons, Chin-mounted (200 rpg = 400 total)
Usage in battles
One should fly the Ki-96 in its stated role: interceptor. When engaging bombers, be sure to approach from oblique angles and never tail one, as you have no bulletproof glass to protect your pilot from snipes. While bombers with good aim can snipe you, you can do the same to their plane in seconds when you land your devastating 37 mm cannon and 20 mm cannon shots. If all you encounter are fighters, it can make for a decent Boom-&-Zoom aircraft with its good speed, climb rate and armament. As a general rule, never turn fight. While the Ki-96 has a good turn rate for a twin-engined fighter, it is out-turned by most of its opposition, and same goes for its speed. With these in mind, always try to engage fighters with an energy advantage, although be careful as the Ki-96's roll rate heavily stiffens above 400 Mp/h or 643 Kp/h, which makes it hard to control at high speeds.
Manual Engine Control
|Controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Separate||Not controllable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair||Radiator||Offensive 20 mm belts|
|II||Compressor||Airframe||New 20 mm cannons|
|III||Wings Repair||Engine||New 37 mm cannons|
Pros and cons
- Powerful offensive armament all mounted in the centre of the plane
- Guns have good ammo capacity
- Fast, quicker than most Japanese planes at the same rank
- Turns well for a twin-engined Fighter
- High climb rate
- Thin body means smaller profile to be fired at
- Decent roll rate below 640 km/h
- Responsive elevator
- 360° cockpit view
- Premium rewards
- Wings are littered with fuel tanks
- Still outmaneuvered and outsped by most single-engined fighters
- No bulletproof glass to protect the pilot from getting knocked out
- Good cockpit visibility is hampered by a large amount of structural bars
- Poor energy retention
- Roll rate stiffens above 640 km/h
- 37 mm cannon has relatively low muzzle velocity
The Ki-96 was a twin-engined heavy fighter developed by Kawasaki Aeronautics in 1942 after the success of their Ki-45 line. Like the Ki-45, it was a two-seat, twin-engined fighter with larger and more powerful Ha-112 radial engines to replace the Ki-45's Ha-104 engines. It was intended to replace the "Toryu's" for the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service, but the Imperial Japanese Army Aviation Bureau insisted that it be converted to a single-seat fighter. The first prototype made retained the cockpit canopy intended for a two-seat fighter, and the next two prototypes were fitted with smaller canopies.
Despite showing performance exceeding estimates and having excellent handling, the Army's requirements had changed back to two-seat fighters, resulting in production and development on the Ki-96 being halted, with only three prototypes being made. However, the wings and tail unit would later go on to form the Ki-102 wings and tail.
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|Japan twin-engine fighters and attackers|
|Twin-engine fighters||Ki-108 · J5N1 · Ki-83|
|Interceptors||J1N1 · Ki-45 ko Toryu · Ki-45 otsu Toryu · Ki-45 hei Toryu · Ki-45 tei Toryu · Ki-96 · Ki-109|