List of weapons of World War II Japanese aircraft

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This is a complete list of weapons deployed on Japanese combat aircraft during the Second World War.

Army aircraft[edit]

Machine guns[edit]

  • Type 89 7.7 mm machine gun (copy of Vickers Class E)
  • Ho-103 12.7 mm machine gun (based on Browning M1921)

Cannons[edit]

  • Mauser MG 151/20 20 mm cannon
  • Ho-1 20 mm cannon
  • Ho-3 20 mm cannon
  • Ho-5 20 mm cannon (based on Browning)
  • Ho-155 cannon (aka Ho-105) 30 mm cannon (based on Browning)
  • Ho-155-II 30mm cannon
  • Ho-203 37 mm cannon
  • Ho-204 37 mm cannon (based on Browning)
  • Ho-301 40 mm cannon (caseless ammunition, sometimes considered a "rocket launcher")
  • Ho-401 57 mm cannon
  • Ho-402 57 mm cannon
  • Type 88 75 mm cannon [1]

Bombs[edit]

The Japanese army used a number of different types of bombs during World War II, ranging from 15 to 500 kilograms.

Rear armament (for defensive use)[edit]

Offensive weapons (against enemy formations)[edit]

  • 30 kg air-to-air rockets

Combat head (for special use)[edit]

  • Combat head of 800 kg
  • Combat head of 2,900 kg
  • Combat head of 6,393 lbs (thermite bomb)

Navy aircraft[edit]

Machine guns[edit]

  • Type 92 7.7 mm machine gun (British Lewis)
  • Type 97 7.7 mm machine gun (Vickers)
  • Type 3 13.2 mm machine gun (Browning with Hotchkiss 13.2mm cartridge)

Cannons[edit]

Rear armament (for defensive use)[edit]

Offensive weapons (against enemy formations)[edit]

  • 30 kg air-to-air rocket
  • 60 kg air-to-air rocket

Bombs[edit]

References[edit]

  • TM 9-1985-4, Japanese Explosive Ordnance. United States: Department of the Army and Airforce. 1953. 
  • Williams, Anthony G.; Dr. E. Gustin (2003). Flying Guns World War II. England: Airlife Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-84037-227-3. 
  1. ^ Flying Guns of World War II p.184, Mounted in the Ki-109 heavy interceptor and an experimental version of the Ki-104 bomber.

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