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The Mitsubishi A5M (Formal Japanese Navy designation Mitsubishi Navy Type 96 Carrier-based Fighter (九六式艦上戦闘機)) was the winner of the Navy Experimental 9-Shi Carrier Fighter competition[1], for which Mitsubishi entered their design with company designation Mitsubishi Ka-14, which proved superior to the Nakajima PA-Kai.[2] It was a carrier-based fighter aircraft and the world's first monoplane shipboard fighter to enter service[3] and the direct predecessor of the famous Mitsubishi A6M "Zero". The Allied reporting name was Claude.


  1. Mikesh and Abe 1990, p.173.
  2. Mikesh and Abe 1990, p.234.
  3. "Mitsubishi A5M4 (Claude)." Retrieved: 12 December 2017.


  • Francillon, Ph.D., René J. Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War. London: Putnam & Company, 1970 (Second edition 1979). ISBN 0-370-30251-6.
  • Januszewski, Tadeusz. Mitsubishi A5M Claude. (in English). Sandomierz, Poland: Stratus, 2003. ISBN 83-917178-0-1.
  • Mikesh, Robert C. with Shorzoe Abe. Japanese Aircraft: 1910-1941. London, Great Britain: Putnam, 1990. ISBN 0-85177-840-2.

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