The Ki-32 light bomber was an all-metal mid-wing monoplane powered by a single 708kW Ha-9-IIb liquid-cooled engine. Its wide-track fixed cantilever undercarriage featured open-sided wheel fairings. Wing and tail surfaces were finely tapered. The two-man crew were accommodated beneath a long raised canopy. Armament comprised one fixed cowling 7.7mm Type 89 machine-gun and another of the same type on a flexible mounting operated by the observer. An internal bomb bay accommodated a 300kg offensive load, supplemented by 150kg of bombs on external racks.
Eight 1937 prototypes were followed by 846 series aircraft built up to May 1940 and designated Army Type 98 Light Bomber. They saw extensive war service in China, flying with seven Sentais during 1938-9 and participated in the fierce fighting over the Khalkin Gol and at Nomonhan against Soviet forces during 1939. Among the Type 98's final operational sorties were successful bombing raids on Hong Kong prior to its surrender in December 1941. The type was coded Mary by the Allies.
| ENGINE||1 x Kawasaki Ha-9-IIb, 640kW|
| Take-off weight||3539-3762 kg||7802 - 8294 lb|
| Empty weight||2349 kg||5179 lb|
| Wingspan||15.0 m||49 ft 3 in|
| Length||11.64 m||38 ft 2 in|
| Height||2.9 m||10 ft 6 in|
| Wing area||34.0 m2||365.97 sq ft|
| Max. speed||423 km/h||263 mph|
| Cruise speed||300 km/h||186 mph|
| Ceiling||8920 m||29250 ft|
| Range w/max.fuel||1960 km||1218 miles|
| Range w/max.payload||1300 km||808 miles|
| ARMAMENT||2 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 300-350kg of bombs|
|A three-view drawing (752 x 981)|
Initial problems with engine overheating saw the competing Mitsubishi Ki-30 ordered into production, as by July 1937 Japan was in a full scale war in China. However, 12 months later with it's problems resolved the Ki-32 was ordered and in the end exceeded the production of it's competitor.
The type was coded Mary by the Allies.
Kawasaki Ki-32 MARY
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