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== Description ==
 
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a Rank {{Specs|rank}} Japanese fighter {{Battle-rating|1}}. It was introduced in Update 1.43.  
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a Rank {{Specs|rank}} Japanese fighter {{Battle-rating|1}}. This aircraft was introduced in [[Update 1.43]].  
  
The Ki-27 is a front-line fighter for interwar / pre-WW2 historical engagements such as the Battles of Khalkin Gol. In most maps, the Ki-27 will distinguish itself as a low-level dog-fighter; its performance below 1,000 m altitudes is superb, and is able to maneuver away from nearly any other comparable fighter. Like the Ki-10 series before it, the Ki-27 otsu suffers from its poor armament (twin 7.7 mm Type 89s) and poor armor, which means it makes for a poor interceptor despite its high speed, but the Ki-27 makes a great escort for friendly bombers and flying boats. Providing cover for their allied bombers is a top priority for the Ki-27 pilots.  
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The Ki-27 is a front-line fighter for interwar / pre-WW2 historical engagements such as the Battles of Khalkin Gol. In most maps, the Ki-27 will distinguish itself as a low-level dog-fighter; its performance below 1,000 m altitudes is superb and can manoeuvre away from nearly any other comparable fighter. Like the Ki-10 series before it, the Ki-27 otsu suffers from its poor armament (twin 7.7 mm Type 89s) and weak armour, which means it makes for a poor interceptor despite its high speed, but the Ki-27 makes an excellent escort for friendly bombers and flying boats. Providing cover for their allied bombers is a top priority for the Ki-27 pilots.  
  
Like its [[Ki-10-II|Ki-10]] predecessor, the Ki-27 relies on its maneuverability for its protection. Turn-Fighting, therefore, is key for a Ki-27 pilot. Avoid diving on opponents, due to the Ki-27's fuel feed issues, and focus on scaring enemy pursuers away from bombers rather than chasing a kill. A lone Ki-27 is easy prey for allied energy fighters. Like most Japanese fighters, engaging an enemy head-on is not recommended. If engaging an enemy "energy Fighter" head-on, a good strategy is to just turn away (usually a shallow turn as you'll want him to miss you, but also pass you), and hope that he turns to follow.
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Like its [[Ki-10-II|Ki-10]] predecessor, the Ki-27 relies on its manoeuvrability for its protection. Turn-Fighting, therefore, is vital for a Ki-27 pilot. Avoid diving on opponents, due to the Ki-27's fuel feed issues, and focus on scaring enemy pursuers away from bombers rather than chasing a kill. A lone Ki-27 is easy prey for allied energy fighters. Like most Japanese fighters, engaging an enemy head-on is not recommended. If fighting an enemy "energy Fighter" head-on, a good strategy is to turn away (usually a slight turn as you'll want him to miss you, but also pass you), and hope that he turns to follow.
  
Like the comparable [[A5M4]], the Ki-27's carburetor engine suffers from fuel feed issues in negative G maneuvers, like diving. Nosing down ''will'' cause the engine to choke out. Positive G maneuvers like the Split-S are preferred. This issue will allow enemies to out dive the Ki-27, so engaging at low altitudes is preferred.
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Like the comparable [[A5M4]], the Ki-27's carburettor engine suffers from fuel feed issues in negative G manoeuvres, like diving. Nosing down ''will'' cause the engine to choke out. Positive G manoeuvres like the Split-S are preferred. This issue will allow enemies to out dive the Ki-27, so engaging at low altitudes is preferred.
  
 
Additionally, the Ki-27 runs hot and will overheat at 100% throttle on all but the coldest maps. To cool off, ease the throttle back to 40% or 50% and, if possible, try to gain altitude. If the engine overheats during a dog fight, try to break off if the opportunity presents itself. No pilot can outmaneuver an overheated engine.
 
Additionally, the Ki-27 runs hot and will overheat at 100% throttle on all but the coldest maps. To cool off, ease the throttle back to 40% or 50% and, if possible, try to gain altitude. If the engine overheats during a dog fight, try to break off if the opportunity presents itself. No pilot can outmaneuver an overheated engine.
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* No armour plating
 
* No armour plating
 
* No armour glazing
 
* No armour glazing
* Critical components located at front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
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* Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
* More fuel tanks located in wings near fuselage
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* More fuel tanks located in wings near the fuselage
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
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=== Defensive armament ===
 
=== Defensive armament ===
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== Usage in the battles ==
 
== Usage in the battles ==
 
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A superior dogfighter for turn-fighting, the Ki-27 is the first plane to begin showing the features typical of the Japanese "[[A6M2|Zero]]" but with none of the bite. Its speed and maneuverability are plagued by engine problems, with no armour and a mediocre armament.
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A superior dogfighter for turn-fighting, the Ki-27 is the first plane to begin showing the features typical of the Japanese "[[A6M2|Zero]]" but with none of the bite. Its speed and manoeuvrability are plagued by engine problems, with no armour and a standard armament.
  
 
In battle, no Allied fighter can out-turn you, except for biplanes, but most will outgun you (and even most biplanes match the Ki-27 in armament).
 
In battle, no Allied fighter can out-turn you, except for biplanes, but most will outgun you (and even most biplanes match the Ki-27 in armament).
  
Bi-planes (except the I-153 Chaika) make easy prey for the Ki-27, and the Ki-27 can easily outmaneuver the [[P-36C|P-36 Hawk]], the [[F2A-1|F2A Brewster Buffalo]] and the [[I-16 type 24|I-16 Ishak]], but their heavier armaments will knock out a Ki-27 in a single good burst. Simply outrunning any of them is a good evasive maneuver. [[Hurricane Mk I/L|Hurricane Mk I]]s can closely complete with the Ki-27 otsu in maneuverability, but the Hurricane's heavier armament (four times what the ''Nate'' has) can also quickly shred a Ki-27. Additionally, outrunning a Hurricane in a Ki-27 is just not possible. [[I-15bis|I-15]]s, which the Ki-27 historically outperformed, will be the bane of a Ki-27s existence, as their excellent turn ability will force the Nate to energy bleeding maneuvers or Boom & Zoom style combat. Risky with competition around to abuse either state.
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Bi-planes (except the I-153 Chaika) make easy prey for the Ki-27, and the Ki-27 can easily outmanoeuvre the [[P-36C|P-36 Hawk]], the [[F2A-1|F2A Brewster Buffalo]] and the [[I-16 type 24|I-16 Ishak]], but their more massive armaments will knock out a Ki-27 in a single good burst. Simply outrunning any of them is an excellent evasive manoeuvre. [[Hurricane Mk I/L|Hurricane Mk I]]s can strictly complete with the Ki-27 Otsu in manoeuvrability, but the Hurricane's heavier armament (four times what the ''Nate'' has) can also quickly shred a Ki-27. Additionally, outrunning a Hurricane in a Ki-27 is not possible. [[I-15bis|I-15]]s, which the Ki-27 historically outperformed, will be the bane of a Ki-27s existence, as their excellent turn ability will force the Nate to energy bleeding manoeuvres or Boom & Zoom style combat. Risky with competition around to abuse either state.
  
Despite its low {{Battle-rating|1}}, you can face some very difficult foes when flying the Ki-27. Bi-planes will give you a run for your money in terms of maneuverability, while some early mono-planes will be faster and more heavily armed than you. Therefore, it is important to judge your foes accordingly.  
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Despite its low {{Battle-rating|1}}, you can face some challenging foes when flying the Ki-27. Bi-planes will give you a run for your money in terms of manoeuvrability, while some early mono-planes will be faster and more heavily armed than you. Therefore, it is important to judge your foes accordingly.  
  
 
   
 
   
One of the most challenging opponents is the ''[[I-153 M-62|Chaika]]''. It is not a mere upgraded [[I-15bis]], but in all performance aspects ''equal'' to the Nakajima Ki-27 fighter. Also on the Russian side, the Mig-3 is a big threat. It is one of the fastest aircraft in its battle rating and has decent armament. In skilled hands it can be an almost impossible opponent to combat, especially when using Boom & Zoom tactics against you. Your only defense will be to try and out maneuver it or to lure it into a turn fight. The I-16 is also a common opponent.\
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One of the most challenging opponents is the ''[[I-153 M-62|Chaika]]''. It is not a mere upgraded [[I-15bis]], but in all performance aspects ''equal'' to the Nakajima Ki-27 fighter. Also on the Russian side, the Mig-3 is a significant threat. It is one of the fastest aircraft in its battle rating and has decent armament. In skilled hands, it can be an almost impossible opponent to combat, especially when using Boom & Zoom tactics against you. Your only defence will be to try and outmanoeuvre it or to lure it into a turn fight. The I-16 is also a familiar opponent.
  
 
From America, you will face the P-26. They are quite good divers and have a decent roll rate, but will not be able to outmaneuver you in a turn fight. The P-36 is more challenging. Faster and well armed, you will have to rely on your turn rate to try and out maneuver them.
 
From America, you will face the P-26. They are quite good divers and have a decent roll rate, but will not be able to outmaneuver you in a turn fight. The P-36 is more challenging. Faster and well armed, you will have to rely on your turn rate to try and out maneuver them.
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* At this rank, order of research is largely personal preference, though the Ki-27 otsu will benefit greatly from defensive and performance enhancing modifications.
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* At this rank, the order of research is mainly personal preference, though the Ki-27 Otsu will benefit significantly from defensive and performance enhancing modifications.
  
 
=== Pros and cons ===
 
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
  
* Great maneuverability, on par with biplanes
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* Great manoeuvrability, on par with biplanes
 
* Good stability in turns
 
* Good stability in turns
 
* Good speed, for its tier
 
* Good speed, for its tier
* Excellent climb, can reach above 20m/s
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* Excellent climb, can reach above 20 m/s
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
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== History ==
 
== History ==
 
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The Nakajima Ki-27 otsu began as the Ki-11, a competitor for the [[Ki-10-I|Kawasaki Ki-10]] biplane. While faster and more modern than the Ki-10 biplane, the Ki-11 wasn't adopted because the Imperial Japanese Army valued maneuverability over speed. Nakajima continued development of the design before finalizing the Ki-12, a modern monoplane with liquid-cooled engine and retractable landing gear, but the Army denied it outright as too maintenance heavy for forward airbases in Manchurian and China. The redesigned plane instead featured a radial air-cooled engine, fixed landing gear and fully enclosed cockpit and received the designation Ki-27.  
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The Nakajima Ki-27 otsu began as the Ki-11, a competitor for the [[Ki-10-I|Kawasaki Ki-10]] biplane. While faster and more modern than the Ki-10 biplane, the Ki-11 wasn't adopted because the Imperial Japanese Army valued manoeuvrability over speed. Nakajima continued development of the design before finalising the Ki-12, a modern monoplane with a liquid-cooled engine and retractable landing gear, but the Army denied it outright as to maintenance heavy for forwarding airbases in Manchurian and China. The redesigned plane instead featured a radial air-cooled engine, fixed landing gear and fully enclosed cockpit and received the designation Ki-27.  
  
In 1936, the Ki-27 competed against the Kawasaki Ki-28 (a prototype design fated to never enter production) and the Mitsubishi Ki-33 (a de-navalized [[A5M4|A5M]]). While the Ki-33 outperformed the Ki-27 in most regards, the Imperial Japanese Army was loathe to adopt a "navy fighter", and adopted the Ki-27 with minor modifications. The Ki-27 entered service as the Army Type 97 Fighter.
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In 1936, the Ki-27 competed against the Kawasaki Ki-28 (a prototype design fated never to enter production) and the Mitsubishi Ki-33 (a de-navalized [[A5M4|A5M]]). While the Ki-33 outperformed the Ki-27 in most regards, the Imperial Japanese Army was loathed to adopt a "navy fighter", and approved the Ki-27 with minor modifications. The Ki-27 entered service as the Army Type 97 Fighter.
  
While the Ki-10 would not be finally phased out from front line service until 1942, by 1940 the Ki-27 was the premiere army fighter on the front lines. It was unmatched by any plane in the Chinese air force inventory, and outperformed the Soviet [[I-15bis|I-15]] and [[I-16 type 18|I-16]] fighters in the Battles of Khalkhin Gol, with some pilots scoring 11 kills against Soviet planes in a single day. Against Chinese Curtiss [[P-36A|P-36 Hawks]], veteran Ki-27 pilots achieved similar, but not as impressive kill rates.
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While the Ki-10 would not be finally phased out from front line service until 1942, by 1940, the Ki-27 was the premiere army fighter on the front lines. It was unmatched by any plane in the Chinese air force inventory, and outperformed the Soviet [[I-15bis|I-15]] and [[I-16 type 18|I-16]] fighters in the Battles of Khalkhin Gol, with some pilots scoring 11 kills against Soviet planes in a single day. Against Chinese Curtiss [[P-36A|P-36 Hawks]], veteran Ki-27 pilots achieved similar, but not as impressive kill rates.
  
Over China, the Ki-27 was unmatched until the deployment of the [[P-40E-1|P-40 Warhawks]] with the American Volunteer Group. After, America's entry into the war, the Ki-27 also fared poorly against the US Navy's F2A Brewster Buffalo and F4F Wildcat, and was removed from most front line service within the first months of the war, replaced by the much improved Ki-43. However, it remained a front line fighter in Thai service, where the Ki-27 scored recorded kills against [[P-51D-30|P-51]]s and at least one [[P-38G-1|P-38]].
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Over China, the Ki-27 was unmatched until the deployment of the [[P-40E-1|P-40 Warhawks]] with the American Volunteer Group. After, America's entry into the war, the Ki-27 also fared poorly against the US Navy's F2A Brewster Buffalo and F4F Wildcat and was removed from most front line service within the first months of the war, replaced by the much-improved Ki-43. However, it remained a front line fighter in Thai service, where the Ki-27 scored recorded kills against [[P-51D-30|P-51]]s and at least one [[P-38G-1|P-38]].
  
 
Because of their high production numbers and relatively few losses, Ki-27 would see a renewed role late in the war as Kamikaze planes.  
 
Because of their high production numbers and relatively few losses, Ki-27 would see a renewed role late in the war as Kamikaze planes.  
  
 
=== Ingame description ===
 
=== Ingame description ===
The '''Nakajima Ki-27''' (九七式戦闘機 Kyūnana-shiki sentōki, or Type 97 Fighter; Allied Codename "''Nate''") was the main fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force up until 1940. Its Allied nickname was "Nate".
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The '''Nakajima Ki-27''' (九七式戦闘機 Kyūnana-Shiki sentōki, or Type 97 Fighter; Allied Codename "''Nate''") was the main fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force up until 1940. Its Allied nickname was "Nate".
  
 
The Japanese achieved air superiority over China and threatened even the Soviets with the Ki-27 when it was first introduced. Nothing the Chinese or Soviets had available to them were able to match the Ki-27's ability to dogfight effectively, and the kill ratio of the Ki-27 was high.
 
The Japanese achieved air superiority over China and threatened even the Soviets with the Ki-27 when it was first introduced. Nothing the Chinese or Soviets had available to them were able to match the Ki-27's ability to dogfight effectively, and the kill ratio of the Ki-27 was high.
  
Note: The Ki-27 was the main Japanese fighter used in the Battles of Khalkin Gol, though this is not yet reflected (as of 4/2/2015) in War Thunder's Dynamic Campaign mode, which has Ki-10's and [[Ki-43-II|Ki-43]]'s, likely due to the fact that the Ki-27 arrived in a later patch.  
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Note: The Ki-27 was the primary Japanese fighter used in the Battles of Khalkin Gol, though this is not yet reflected (as of 4/2/2015) in War Thunder's Dynamic Campaign mode, which has Ki-10's and [[Ki-43-II|Ki-43]]'s, likely due to the fact that the Ki-27 arrived in a later patch.  
  
 
The version in War Thunder has fuel "bumps" integrated into the plane.
 
The version in War Thunder has fuel "bumps" integrated into the plane.

Revision as of 12:46, 6 February 2019

Ki-27 otsu
ki-27_otsu.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
1.3/1.3/1.3BR
1 personCrew
1.2 tEmpty weight
1.8 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
8 500 mCeiling
sec10.8/10.8/10.0Turn Time
109 km/hStalling speed
Nakajima Kotobuki 41Engine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
554 km/hStructural
550 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 х 7.7 mm Type 89 machine gunWeapon 1
1 000 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
Economy
2 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
700 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png520 / 648/490 / 611/130 / 162Repair
200 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
20 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.00 Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

GarageImage Ki-27 otsu.jpg


The Ki-27 otsu is a Rank I Japanese fighter with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.43.

The Ki-27 is a front-line fighter for interwar / pre-WW2 historical engagements such as the Battles of Khalkin Gol. In most maps, the Ki-27 will distinguish itself as a low-level dog-fighter; its performance below 1,000 m altitudes is superb and can manoeuvre away from nearly any other comparable fighter. Like the Ki-10 series before it, the Ki-27 otsu suffers from its poor armament (twin 7.7 mm Type 89s) and weak armour, which means it makes for a poor interceptor despite its high speed, but the Ki-27 makes an excellent escort for friendly bombers and flying boats. Providing cover for their allied bombers is a top priority for the Ki-27 pilots.

Like its Ki-10 predecessor, the Ki-27 relies on its manoeuvrability for its protection. Turn-Fighting, therefore, is vital for a Ki-27 pilot. Avoid diving on opponents, due to the Ki-27's fuel feed issues, and focus on scaring enemy pursuers away from bombers rather than chasing a kill. A lone Ki-27 is easy prey for allied energy fighters. Like most Japanese fighters, engaging an enemy head-on is not recommended. If fighting an enemy "energy Fighter" head-on, a good strategy is to turn away (usually a slight turn as you'll want him to miss you, but also pass you), and hope that he turns to follow.

Like the comparable A5M4, the Ki-27's carburettor engine suffers from fuel feed issues in negative G manoeuvres, like diving. Nosing down will cause the engine to choke out. Positive G manoeuvres like the Split-S are preferred. This issue will allow enemies to out dive the Ki-27, so engaging at low altitudes is preferred.

Additionally, the Ki-27 runs hot and will overheat at 100% throttle on all but the coldest maps. To cool off, ease the throttle back to 40% or 50% and, if possible, try to gain altitude. If the engine overheats during a dog fight, try to break off if the opportunity presents itself. No pilot can outmaneuver an overheated engine.

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 3,500 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
476 465 8 500 10.4 11.0 6.2 8.8 180
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 3,500 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ? 8 500  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 180

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
554 550 350 ~18 ~12
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 350 < 350 < 350 > 260?
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,,300 m 680 hp 816 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

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: Type 89 army (7.7 mm)

The Ki-27 otsu is armed with:

  • 2 x 7.7 mm Type 89 machine guns, nose mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Usage in the battles

A superior dogfighter for turn-fighting, the Ki-27 is the first plane to begin showing the features typical of the Japanese "Zero" but with none of the bite. Its speed and manoeuvrability are plagued by engine problems, with no armour and a standard armament.

In battle, no Allied fighter can out-turn you, except for biplanes, but most will outgun you (and even most biplanes match the Ki-27 in armament).

Bi-planes (except the I-153 Chaika) make easy prey for the Ki-27, and the Ki-27 can easily outmanoeuvre the P-36 Hawk, the F2A Brewster Buffalo and the I-16 Ishak, but their more massive armaments will knock out a Ki-27 in a single good burst. Simply outrunning any of them is an excellent evasive manoeuvre. Hurricane Mk Is can strictly complete with the Ki-27 Otsu in manoeuvrability, but the Hurricane's heavier armament (four times what the Nate has) can also quickly shred a Ki-27. Additionally, outrunning a Hurricane in a Ki-27 is not possible. I-15s, which the Ki-27 historically outperformed, will be the bane of a Ki-27s existence, as their excellent turn ability will force the Nate to energy bleeding manoeuvres or Boom & Zoom style combat. Risky with competition around to abuse either state.

Despite its low with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB), you can face some challenging foes when flying the Ki-27. Bi-planes will give you a run for your money in terms of manoeuvrability, while some early mono-planes will be faster and more heavily armed than you. Therefore, it is important to judge your foes accordingly.


One of the most challenging opponents is the Chaika. It is not a mere upgraded I-15bis, but in all performance aspects equal to the Nakajima Ki-27 fighter. Also on the Russian side, the Mig-3 is a significant threat. It is one of the fastest aircraft in its battle rating and has decent armament. In skilled hands, it can be an almost impossible opponent to combat, especially when using Boom & Zoom tactics against you. Your only defence will be to try and outmanoeuvre it or to lure it into a turn fight. The I-16 is also a familiar opponent.

From America, you will face the P-26. They are quite good divers and have a decent roll rate, but will not be able to outmaneuver you in a turn fight. The P-36 is more challenging. Faster and well armed, you will have to rely on your turn rate to try and out maneuver them.

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

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine New 7 mm MGs
IV Engine Injection Cover
  • At this rank, the order of research is mainly personal preference, though the Ki-27 Otsu will benefit significantly from defensive and performance enhancing modifications.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Great manoeuvrability, on par with biplanes
  • Good stability in turns
  • Good speed, for its tier
  • Excellent climb, can reach above 20 m/s

Cons:

  • Limited firepower
  • Engine overheats rapidly on hot maps
  • Engine chokes in negative g dives
  • No armour

History

The Nakajima Ki-27 otsu began as the Ki-11, a competitor for the Kawasaki Ki-10 biplane. While faster and more modern than the Ki-10 biplane, the Ki-11 wasn't adopted because the Imperial Japanese Army valued manoeuvrability over speed. Nakajima continued development of the design before finalising the Ki-12, a modern monoplane with a liquid-cooled engine and retractable landing gear, but the Army denied it outright as to maintenance heavy for forwarding airbases in Manchurian and China. The redesigned plane instead featured a radial air-cooled engine, fixed landing gear and fully enclosed cockpit and received the designation Ki-27.

In 1936, the Ki-27 competed against the Kawasaki Ki-28 (a prototype design fated never to enter production) and the Mitsubishi Ki-33 (a de-navalized A5M). While the Ki-33 outperformed the Ki-27 in most regards, the Imperial Japanese Army was loathed to adopt a "navy fighter", and approved the Ki-27 with minor modifications. The Ki-27 entered service as the Army Type 97 Fighter.

While the Ki-10 would not be finally phased out from front line service until 1942, by 1940, the Ki-27 was the premiere army fighter on the front lines. It was unmatched by any plane in the Chinese air force inventory, and outperformed the Soviet I-15 and I-16 fighters in the Battles of Khalkhin Gol, with some pilots scoring 11 kills against Soviet planes in a single day. Against Chinese Curtiss P-36 Hawks, veteran Ki-27 pilots achieved similar, but not as impressive kill rates.

Over China, the Ki-27 was unmatched until the deployment of the P-40 Warhawks with the American Volunteer Group. After, America's entry into the war, the Ki-27 also fared poorly against the US Navy's F2A Brewster Buffalo and F4F Wildcat and was removed from most front line service within the first months of the war, replaced by the much-improved Ki-43. However, it remained a front line fighter in Thai service, where the Ki-27 scored recorded kills against P-51s and at least one P-38.

Because of their high production numbers and relatively few losses, Ki-27 would see a renewed role late in the war as Kamikaze planes.

Ingame description

The Nakajima Ki-27 (九七式戦闘機 Kyūnana-Shiki sentōki, or Type 97 Fighter; Allied Codename "Nate") was the main fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force up until 1940. Its Allied nickname was "Nate".

The Japanese achieved air superiority over China and threatened even the Soviets with the Ki-27 when it was first introduced. Nothing the Chinese or Soviets had available to them were able to match the Ki-27's ability to dogfight effectively, and the kill ratio of the Ki-27 was high.

Note: The Ki-27 was the primary Japanese fighter used in the Battles of Khalkin Gol, though this is not yet reflected (as of 4/2/2015) in War Thunder's Dynamic Campaign mode, which has Ki-10's and Ki-43's, likely due to the fact that the Ki-27 arrived in a later patch.

The version in War Thunder has fuel "bumps" integrated into the plane.

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J7W  J7W1 Shinden
Hydroplanes  F1M2 · A6M2-N · N1K1 Kyofu
Ki-10  Ki-10-I · Ki-10-I C · Ki-10-II · Ki-10-II C
Ki-27  Ki-27 otsu
Ki-43  Ki-43-I Hayabusa · Ki-43-II Hayabusa · Ki-43-III otsu Hayabusa
Ki-44  Ki-44-I Shoki · Ki-44-II otsu Shoki · Ki-44-II hei Shoki
Ki-61  Ki-61-I ko Hien · Ki-61-I otsu Hien · Ki-61-I hei Hien · Ki-61-I tei Hien · Ki-61-II
Ki-84  Ki-84 ko Hayate · Ki-84 otsu Hayate · Ki-84 hei Hayate
Ki-87  Ki-87
Ki-94  Ki-94-II
Ki-100  Ki-100 · Ki-100-II
Other countries  A7He1 · ▅F4U-1A Corsair · ▅Bf 109 E-7 · ▅Fw 190 A-5