The J7W was developed for the Imperial Japanese Navy as a short-range interceptor in a specific response to the B-29 Superfortress raids on the Japanese homeland. For this type of mission, the J7W was armed with 4 forward-firing 30 mm cannons in the nose. It was to be operated from land bases.
The canard configuration was chosen by Technical Lieutenant Commander Masayoshi Tsuruno from the technical staff of the Imperial Japanese Navy in early 1943. Tsuruno's idea was the aircraft could easily be fitted with a turbojet engine in a later stage of its production life.
Tsuruno's ideas were worked out by the First Naval Air Technical Arsenal (Dai-Ichi Kaigun Koku Gijitsusho) in April 1943, by designing three gliders with the canard layout, designated Yokosuka MXY6, and built by Chigasaki Seizo KK, one of the gliders later being fitted with a 22 hp Semi 11 (Ha-90) 4-cylinder air-cooled engine.
The feasibility of the canard design was proven by both the powered and unpowered versions of the MYX6 by the end of 1943, and the Navy were so impressed by the flight testing, they instructed the Kyushu Aircraft Company to design a canard interceptor around Tsuruno's concept. Kyushu was chosen because both its design team and production facilities were relatively unburdened, and Tsuruno was chosen to lead a team from Dai-Ichi Kaigun Koku Gijitsusho to aid Kyushu's design works.
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