The Aichi B7A was developed for a specification for a high performance aircraft to replace the Nakajima B6N torpedo bomber and Yokosuka D4Y dive bomber.
The B7A could fly almost as fast as the Mitsubishi A6M fighter and had good manoeuverability.
The Homare engine caused delays to the development of the B7A.
The B7A1 prototype first flew in May 1942.
Due to an earthquake in May 1945, the Aichi Funakata plant was destroyed.
By the time the B7A2 was reaching front line units in 1944 the war situation was going against Japan. There were no aircraft carriers for the B7A to fight from.
Only two land based Kokutais were equipped with the B7A2s.