With the success of the Ki.45 Toryu in service with the Japanese Army
Air Force, Kawasaki considered producing a more powerful and otherwise
refined version. This aircraft was given the designation Ki.96 and was
developed as a two-seat heavy fighter and three prototypes entered
production on August 1942.
Heavy Interceptor & Attack Fighter
By late 1942 the J.A.A.F. had become interested in the concept of a
twin-engined single-seat heavy fighter and ordered Kawasaki to adapt
the Ki.96 for this role. The first prototype was completed in September
1943 with the second crew position faired over. The second and third
prototypes had a dedicated single-seat cockpit and a better canopy
The prototypes exceeded expectations but the indecisive officials of
the J.A.A.F. did not have a plan for integrating this class of aircraft
into the order of battle. This led to a decision to have the type
revert to the original two-seat design and eventually without clearly
defined goals the design was abandoned.
The wings and tail assembly of the Ki.96 were eventually resurrected
and used in the development of the Ki.102 heavy fighter.
Allied Code Name: N/A
First Flight: N/A
Service Delivery: N/A
Number Produced: 3 Prototypes
Model: Mitsubishi Ha.112-II
Type: 14-Cylinder radial air cooled.
Number: Two Horsepower: 1,500
Wing span: 51 ft. 1 in.
Length: 37 ft. 6¾ in.
Height: 12 ft. 1-5/8 in.
Wing Surface Area: 365.973 Sq. Ft.
Empty: 10,031 lbs.
Loaded: 13,228 lbs.
Maximum Speed at 19,585 ft.: 373 mph
Time to 16,400 ft.: 6 min.
Service Ceiling: 37,730 ft.
Range (Internal Fuel): 994 miles
One 37mm Ho-203 cannon.
Two 20mm Ho-5 cannon.