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Mitsubishi Q2M (Taiyo)


Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) / Maritime Patrol Aircraft Proposal (1946)


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Born during the last desperate months of World War 2, the Japanese Army Mitsubishi Q2M was to become an Anti-Submarine Warfare platform but did not progress beyond the paper stage.



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The last desperate months of 1945 for the Axis in World War 2 saw both the Japanese and Germans undertaking advanced aircraft projects to help stem the tide of defeat. The Allied submarine campaign against Japanese shipping across the Pacific was taking its toll to the point that Mitsubishi was commissioned to design, development, and mass-produce a counter - this becoming the unfulfilled Mitsubishi "Q2M" Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) / Maritime Patrol Bomber.

For expediency's sake, the design was an evolution of the existing - and proven - Mitsubishi Ki-67-I "Peggy" which served the Japanese Army and Navy as effective torpedo bombers. The aircraft was a twin-engine offering classified as a heavy bomber though it held qualities more akin to a Medium Bomber in the West. Some 767 of the type were produced following a first-flight in December of 1942.

The Q2M was developed to an Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) requirement specifically to hunt enemy submarines over the vast ranges of the Pacific Theater. The aircraft was set to carry various radar-related equipment for the role with propulsion power from 2 x Mitsubishi "Kasei 25 Otsu" 14-cylinder, air-cooled radial piston engines of 1,380 - 1,850 horsepower each and driving six-bladed (some sources state five-bladed) propeller units.

Proposed armament was 3 x 13mm machine guns for local defense and support for up to 2,200lb of stores to include torpedoes, depth charges, and conventional drop bombs. The crew numbered between five or six personnel to man the various onboard stations.

Projected performance was a maximum speed of 305 miles per hour, a range out to 1,500 miles, and a service ceiling of 12,150 feet. Dimensions included a length of 61.5 feet, a wingspan of 82 feet, and a height of 15.5 feet.

The Q2M program never yielded the intended fruit as the Japanese war situation only worsened into mid-1945 - leaving the Q2M as nothing more than a "paper" design and one of the many aircraft projects terminated by the Japanese surrender of August 1945.

Specifications



Service Year
1946

Origin
Imperial Japan national flag graphic
Imperial Japan

Status
CANCELLED
Development Ended.
Crew
6

Production
0
UNITS


Mitsubishi - Imperial Japan
National flag of modern Japan Imperial Japan (cancelled)
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Special-Mission: Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW)
Equipped to search, track, and engage enemy underwater elements by way of specialized onboard equipment and weapons.
Special-Mission: Anti-Ship
Equipped to search, track, and engage enemy surface elements through visual acquisition, radar support, and onboard weaponry.
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.


Length
61.5 ft
(18.75 m)
Width/Span
82.0 ft
(25.00 m)
Height
15.6 ft
(4.75 m)
Empty Wgt
19,511 lb
(8,850 kg)
MTOW
29,983 lb
(13,600 kg)
Wgt Diff
+10,472 lb
(+4,750 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Mitsubishi Q2M (Taiyo) production variant)
Installed: 2 x Mitsubishi "Kasei 25 Otsu" 14-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines developing 1,380 horsepower each driving four-bladed propeller units.
Max Speed
304 mph
(490 kph | 265 kts)
Ceiling
12,156 ft
(3,705 m | 2 mi)
Range
1,501 mi
(2,415 km | 4,473 nm)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Mitsubishi Q2M (Taiyo) production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
PROPOSED:
3 x 13mm Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs)

OPTIONAL:
4 x 550lb conventional drop bombs.


Supported Types


Graphical image of an aircraft medium machine gun
Graphical image of an aircraft heavy machine gun
Graphical image of an aircraft conventional drop bomb munition


(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 4


Q2M "Taiyo" - Base Series Name
Q2M Plan B


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