Kawasaki Ki-48-IIc Lily

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Kawasaki Ki-48-IIc (九九式双発軽爆撃機二型 丙)
The Kawasaki Ki-48-IIc is the last version of this bomber. It was the most heavily armed, which resulted in a decrease in the performance and mercy of the bomb load.
History
From the very beginning, the Ki-48 aircraft struggled with low defensive effectiveness. All versions did not have enough firepower, which did not allow for self-defense, so at the end of 1942, the Japanese command of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service (IJAAS) decided that it was necessary to modify the Ki-48-II aircraft once again so that it could defend itself against enemy fighters.It was decided to replace the upper machine gun with a 12.7mm Ho-103 rifle and give the possibility of mounting an additional machine gun in the nose of the machine. This modification was ready in 1943 and its production began immediately, which lasted until 1944.

Photos of the Ki-48-IIc

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Structure description
Differences between the Ki-48-IIa and the Ki-48-IIc:

  • Replacement of the dorsal machine gun with a 12.7mm Ho-103 rifle
  • Added additional mount on the side of the nose for the Type 98 7.92mm machine gun
  • Bomb load reduced to 600 kg

General characteristics

  • Wingspan: 17.46 m
  • Length: 12,75 m
  • Height: 3.8 m
  • Wing area: 40m2
  • Empty weight: 4,630 kg
  • Takeoff weight: 6,620 kg
  • Maximum weight take-off: 6,820 kg
  • Powerplant: 2 x air-cooled two-star fourteen-cylinder Nakajima Ha-115 engine with a take-off power of 1,130 hp
  • Propellers: three-bladed propellers with variable pitch and a diameter of 2.9 m
  • Crew: 4 people

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 498 km/h
  • Cruising speed: 390 km/h
  • Range: 2000 km
  • Maximum Range: 2300 km
  • Service Ceiling: 9,980 m
  • Rate of climb: 9,04 m/s
  • Time to Climb: 9 min to 5000 m

Armament

  1. Fixed armament
  • 1 x 12,7mm Ho-103 machine gun ( turrets in the dorsal)
  • 3 x 7.92 mm Type 98 machine gun ( turrets in the nose ,under the fuselage)
  1. Bomb Load
  • Standard 400 kg
  • Maximum 600 kg
Rifle firing range

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Shooting positions

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Armour

  • armor plates 6.5mm, 12.5mm and 16.5mm thick
Arrangement of armor plates

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Summary
The Kawasaki Ki-48-IIc would be a very interesting aircraft for Japan in War Thunder. Thanks to better defensive armament, the aircraft will be able to defend itself against enemy aircraft at low Br if it ends up there. Although the plane has a smaller bomb load and lower speed than other Ki-48-II aircraft, it will still be a very interesting aircraft.It would be a very useful low-age bomber. I encourage you to discuss in the comments and to share your own knowledge on this subject.
Finally, I apologize for the linguistic and logical errors because unfortunately English is not my main language and I had to use google translator.

Internet sources

九九式双発軽爆撃機 - Wikipedia
Kawasaki Ki 48-IIc Sokei [Lily] : Kawasaki (valka.cz)
Kawasaki Ki-48 - Wikipedia
Kawasaki Ki-48 LILY - light bomber (aviastar.org)
Kawasaki Ki 48 Lily (freeola.com)
Уголок неба ¦ Kawasaki Ki-48 (airwar.ru)
Japanese Aircraft of WWII: Kawasaki Ki-48
Kawasaki Ki-48 Sokei (Lily) Fast-Bomber / Dive Bomber Aircraft (militaryfactory.com)
Kawasaki Ki-48 Sokei Light bomber (airpages.ru)
Kawasaki Ki-48 Sokei (Lily): Photos, History, Specification
Kawasaki Ki-48 - Japan - War Thunder - Official Forum

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At least one variant of this much produced plane is needed in the tech tree, without being a premium or an event vehicle.
This advanced variant or an earlier one will do, perhaps in a folder.

We need a TT version, and we already have every major variant of the Ki-49, so why not?

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A tech tree Ki-48 variant with the standard features currently missing on the premium version (bomb sight and bomb bay doors, primarily) should definitely be in the game already.

By the way, a suggestion could be made for a standard Ki-48-IIb, as, according to Smin1080p, the premium Ki-48-IIb will eventually receive a name change to distinguish it as the Ki-148 testing variant.

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A +1 from me, a tech tree version of the Ki-48 would definitely be nice to see!