From: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I do produce Ki-21 IIa Sally until Ki-49 IIa become available as it as a greater range
Ki-21 IIa Sally has 4 x 250kgs bombs / range = 10hex
Ki-49 IIa Helen has 4 x 250kgs bombs / range = 11hex
yes Ki-49 Ia has MAD but only in June 1944
Furthermore MAD like radar is useful for detection, not to increase the bomb accuracy.
I use extensively my bombers for ASW duty, but only for ASW : 70% ASW + 30% Rest
Sub detection is a task for my E13A1 Jake squadrons : 60% Nav Search + 40% Rest
I don t want to use my bombers for Nav Search in order to limit the Operationnal losses : it takes too long to train a pilot for ASW to see him dying in an accident during a nav search mission
So MAD and Radar are not useful for my bomber, which are only dedicated for ASW duty
I am looking forard for the E3A1b Jake with its N-6 Radar in Nov 44...
Re : strategy quite succesful in my current PBEM (Aug 43): No US sub can approach my bases for too long before being detected by my Jakes and then attacked by my Helen
I agree the 12.7mm machine gun on the Ki-49 IIb, compared to the 7.7mm machine gun of the Ki-49IIa, won t make any significant difference
It s a nice to have, but it does not worth investing R&D for the Ki-49 IIb after you get the Ki-49 IIa....
True, armor increase the survivability of the pilot, but does not increase the capacity of the plane to sustain additional damage in combat
So armor is good when you fly over your base, but when you bomb enemy base and your plane get shot down, even if the pilot survives, he will finish in a POW camp....
Last: I plan to keep Ki-49 IIb Helen as my main IJA bomber until end of the war and I won t produce the Ki-67 Peggy
Reasons : Ki-67 carries only 3 x 250kgs bombs, vs 4 for the Helen, and it has a Service rating of 3 vs only 2 for the Helen...
Yes, Ki-67 has a greater range, 14 hex but what is the point as it has a reduced bomb load; 4 x250kgs is already not enough to put great damage to allied airfields/ports with Ki-49 Helen, and there s no plane able to escort on a such long distance...
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