The Ki-32 is a Japanese light bomber developed in the mid 1930s by the Kawasaki company to replace the outdated Ki-3 bomber. Used extensively in the Asian theatre of war before and after WWII, the Ki-32 is now zeroing in to the Japanese aviation tree with the upcoming War Thunder 1.79 update!
In short: an early bomber in the Japanese research tree, a superb aircraft for learning the basics. 450kgs of bomb load, 2 turrets, non-retractable landing gear that makes landing an easier task.
Development of the Ki-32 began in May 1936 after the Imperial Japanese Army asked Mitsubishi and Kawasaki to build a new light bomber. The IJA hoped to replace the outdated Ki-3 biplane bomber by the end of 1936.
Interesting fact: Americans used their own codenames for Japanese aircraft. Fighters and hydroplanes received male names, while attackers and bombers - female. Ki-32 was designated “Mary”.
In War Thunder, the Ki-32 will join the Japanese aviation research tree as a Rank I light bomber, expanding the roster of interwar designs for both new and veteran players.
Like other Japanese aircraft, the Ki-32’s light airframe provides great overall handling, and its 850 horsepower Ha-9-IIb inline engine enables it to reach an impressive top speed of 423 km/h at low-to-medium altitudes. These performance characteristics are generally on par with contemporary aircraft from other nations, such as the Ju 87 Stuka.
The Ki-32 is armed with twin 7.7mm machine guns, one of which is controlled by the pilot and the other by the rear gunner. The Ki-32 also carries a maximum payload of 450 kg spread across hardpoints under the wings and the internal bomb bay.
While the Ki-32’s payload might seem lacking, pilots should keep in mind that they’re flying a light bomber and not a fully-fledged attack aircraft. Your primary goal should be delivering the payload to your target, escaping quickly, and destroying opportunity targets on the way back to base.
Lingering around a combat area too long is not a good strategy for Ki-32 pilots. Although the Ki-32 sports good maneuverability, its lightweight frame cannot withstand much damage from ground fire or enemy fighters. Use your superior speed to strike fast and deal as much damage as possible before enemy fighters show up.
If you’re engaged by hostile aircraft, use the Ki-32’s agility and (if necessary) rear-mounted machine gun to buy time so your teammates can assist you while you make your escape.
One of the best non-combat features of the Ki-32 is that it’s easy to land because its landing gear is always deployed. As the saying goes, any landing you (and your gunner) can walk away from is a good one.
The Ki-32 joins the starting ranks of the Japanese aviation tree with the upcoming War Thunder update 1.79. Sure tuned to the news to learn more, and we’ll see you in the skies!
Source: War Thunder News Portal
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