The first production model of the Ki-10 series, the Ki-10-I had a Kawasaki Ha-9-IIa engine and a top speed of around 400 kilometers per hour at 3,000 meters. It also had a total length of 7.18 meters and a total weight of 1,300 kilograms.
The combat armament of the Ki-10-I was provided by two Type 89 Machine Guns, firing synchronized through the propeller. The total range of the Ki-10 was around 1,100 kilometers, while its service ceiling was around 9,000 meters. The main attribute of the Ki-10 was its incredibly high rate of climb and maneuverability which allowed it to survive combat with modern aircraft far superior to it.
The first variant of the Ki-10 series was the Ki-10-II which had a slightly lengthened fuselage and larger wings. These two modifications were critical upgrades to the design because they corrected the stability issues that other Ki-10-I pilots had reported. Following the Ki-10-II came the Ki-10-I KAI. This model had its engine and radiator moved around the fuselage and a modified under carriage to adapt for the change. Furthermore, these changes added 19 km/h more to the top speed of the aircraft. The final variant, the Ki-10-II KAI was fundamentally the same as the Ki-10-I KAI except that the changes were placed upon a Ki-10-II base.
The Kawasaki Ki-10 was initially developed in 1934 following the Japanese high command's request for a fighter that could match that of the British Hawker Fury. Following its trials, the Kawasaki Ki-10 beat out its monoplane competition, the Kawasaki Ki-11, owing in large part to its extreme maneuverability.The Kawasaki Ki-10 was then quickly accepted into service with Japanese forces and first saw combat in China and later in the Battle of Khalkin Gol against Soviet troops. The fighter performed well, demonstrating its power when used correctly. However, the Ki-10 was still a biplane and as the war went on, its combat effectiveness as a frontline fighter decreased. Even during the conflict with the Soviet Union, the Ki-10 showed its age. However, the Ki-10 continued to be used in second line roles. The most successful role for the Ki-10 later in the war was as a reconnaissance plane in the Pacific. In 1942, all Ki-10s were officially withdrawn from service. In total, around 590 had been built.
- ↑ Green, William and Gordon Swanborough. Complete Book of Fighters. Salamander Books. 2001. ISBN 1-84065-269-1 Page 406
- ↑ http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_kawasaki_ki-10.html
- ↑ http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/kawasaki_ki-10.htm