
The first prototype flew in 1943. 3 built.
 A threeview drawing (752 x 973) 
MODEL  Ki96 
CREW  1 
ENGINE  2 x Mitsubishi Ha112II, 1125kW 
WEIGHTS 
Takeoff weight  6000 kg  13228 lb 
Empty weight  4550 kg  10031 lb 
DIMENSIONS 
Wingspan  15.57 m  51 ft 1 in 
Length  11.45 m  38 ft 7 in 
Height  3.7 m  12 ft 2 in 
Wing area  34 m^{2}  365.97 sq ft 
PERFORMANCE 
Max. speed  600 km/h  373 mph 
Ceiling  11500 m  37750 ft 
Range  1600 km  994 miles 
ARMAMENT  1 x 37mm cannon, 2 x 20mm cannons 
Hiroyuki Takeuchi, 23.03.2012 As far as I know, the project was terminated not because of performance, but because at the point of termination, they were getting combat reports that indicated that the Ki45 was totally ineffective against single engine fighters. As a result many Ki45s units were converted to ground attack units, and this project was also changed to an attack plane project, the Ki102.
Of course, then at that point, the requirement for a heavily armed bomber intercepter arose and the project was changed again to a fighter project (Ki102Ko).
So this plane was a victim of changing war situations and consequent requirements. Otherwise it was a good design, and had there been someone at IJAAF who had a better foresite, there is good chance that the Ki45 units that intercepted the B29s over Japan in 1944 and early 45 would have been equipped with Ki96s instead. 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