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N1K2-Ja Shiden-Kai
General characteristics
1 personCrew
4.3 tTake-off weight
4.15 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
11 000 mCeiling
Nakajima Homare 21Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
780 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 20 mm Type 99 Model 2 cannonWeapon 1
900 roundsAmmunition
490 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
4 x 60 kg Navy Type 97 Number 6 ground bombSetup 1
2 x 250 kg Navy Type 98 Number 25 bombSetup 2
4 x 250 kg Navy Type 98 Number 25 bombSetup 3
2 x Type 3 No.1 Mod.28 Mk.1 rocketsSetup 4
2 x Type 5 No.1 Mod.9 rocketsSetup 5
2 x Type 3 No.6 Mod.27 Mk.1 rocketsSetup 6
2 x Type 5 No.6 Mod.9 rocketsSetup 7
71 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
260 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png16 000 / 20 080/10 960 / 13 754/2 990 / 3 752Repair
74 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
260 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 200 Ge icon.pngAces
178 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
370 % Sl icon.png350 % Sl icon.png130 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Japanese fighter N1K2-Ja. For other uses, see N1K (Family).


The N1K2-Ja Shiden-Kai is a Rank IV Japanese fighter with a battle rating of 6.0 (AB/RB) and 6.3 (SB).

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ?  ? 11 000  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 11 000  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
780 450  ??? ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
< ??? < ??? < ??? > ???
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
 ?,??? m  ??? hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • More fuel tanks located in wings near the fuselage


Offensive armament

      Main article: Bombs-->

Usage in the battles

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not ontrollable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine
IV Engine Injection Cover

Pros and cons




Ingame Description

Kawanishi Shiden-Kai Model 21Ko, Kawanishi N1K2-Ja (code name ""George"") Marine Interceptor-Fighter

This fighter-bomber version of the N1K2, the N1K2-Ja Model 21Ko, was developed at the time the N1K2-J began production. The main difference between the two planes was the 21Ko's steel underwing pylons. This Shiden-Kai could carry four 250-kg bombs, two under each wing, or two 500-kg bombs, or two or four 60-kg bombs. It could also carry unguided rockets, like the N1K2-J.

The N1K2-Ja could be visibly distinguished from its predecessor by the lower position and reduced area of its horizontal fin.

Upon its success in factory testing, the N1K2-J was selected by the Japanese Imperial Navy as its primary fighter and fighter-bomber. The Navy planned to launch large-scale mass production of the Shiden-Kai, but its production was always behind schedule. The aircraft's construction situation became critical when American B-29 Superfortress bombers began attacking Japanese industrial sites. The attacks did not target the production facilities containing the Shiden-Kai assembly lines, but supply companies were attacked, leading to a shortage of sheet metal, forged steel, stamped aluminium, and engine and chassis parts.

N1K1-J fighters were first used in battle near Lake Sebu in October 1944, then used en-masse in the Philippines. From the end of 1944 on, the N1K1-J and N1K2-J aircraft were primarily used for the defence of the Japanese homeland.

The most famous squadron of Shiden-Kai formed in December 1944. Known as the 343rd Kokutai, it was under the command of the most experienced Japanese naval commander, Minoru Genda. His squadron consisted of Japanese aces, and their planes were all N1K2-Js. This Genda's Blade squadron was known as a squadron of experts, the elite of the Imperial Navy's aviators. The Americans quickly felt their skill in battle. For instance, in February of 1945, Midshipman Kaneyoshi "Kinsuke" Muto, piloting an N1K2-Ja, single-handedly attacked 10 F6F Hellcats, shooting four of them down and forcing the others to retreat.

The Shiden-Kai was an extremely unpleasant surprise for the Americans. The original Shiden was good, but this model, free of its predecessor's "childhood illnesses", was superb. It would soon become clear that even a pilot of average skill in a Shiden-Kai could challenge any Allied fighter, even the P-51 Mustang, which began its fight in the skies over Japan in the spring of 1945.

Production of the N1K2-J ended after Japan surrendered. In all, 1,435 Shidens of all variants were constructed, including 998 N1K1-Js and 415 N1K2-Js.


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