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Yokosuka MXY7 Okha Model 11

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Rocket-propelled glider, the Okha was a purpose-designed suicide aircraft which reached operational status.   The Okha was designed to be slung under a Mitsubishi G4M2 'Betty' bomber that would carry it to within 20 miles of the target.  Once released from over 20,000 ft., the Okha would glide until the three solid-propellant rockets were fired to give an ultimate speed of over 900 km/h till it hit the intended warship with a 1,200 kg. high explosive warhead in the nose.  The Okha's failure lay in the launch method, as vulnerable G4M2 bombers were easily shot down.  Assigned to the Imperial Japanese Navy's Jinrai Butai or Divine Thunderbolt Corps.