TYPE: Suicide aircraft, Light bomber, Dive bomber and Escort fighter. Project.
ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only
POWER PLANT: One Mitsubishi Ha-104 radial engine, rated at 1,900 hp
PERFORMANCE: 360 mph at 19,685 ft
COMMENT: In early 1945 the Japanese Army Air Force instructed Kawasaki to proceed immediately with the design of a single-seat light bomber aircraft to supplement the suicide forces in the defense of the homeland. The aircraft had to be easy to manufacture, to maintain and to fly, had a good performance and load-carrying capability. Due to shortage of engine manufacturing facilities, a single-seat and single-engine configuration became attractive. In less than three months the basic design of the aircraft was completed and a mock-up was readied for inspection. The initial plans for the first flight in September 1945 could not be realized due to the collapse of Japan (Ref. 1).