Powerplant: 1 × Mitsubishi Army Type 92 400hp Air Cooled Radial 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 298–354 kW (400–475 hp) (company designation A5)
Propellers: 2-bladed Reed-type fixed-pitch metal propeller
Maximum speed: 220 km/h (140 mph, 120 kn)
Endurance: 4-5 hours
Service ceiling: 5,700 m (18,700 ft)
Time to altitude: 3,000 m (9,843 ft) in10 minutes 30 seconds
Wing loading: 68.1 kg/m2 (13.9 lb/sq ft)
Power/mass: 0.2381 kW/kg (0.1448 hp/lb)
Guns: 2 × fixed forward firing 7.7 mm (0.303 in) machine guns, 2 × flexibly mounted 7.7 mm (0.303 in) machine guns in rear cockpit
In 1930, Mitsubishi developed two designs to meet a Japanese Army requirement for a short-range reconnaissance aircraft to supplement the larger, long-range Kawasaki Type 88, the 2MR7, a biplane based on its earlier 2MR reconnaissance aircraft and B2M torpedo bomber developed for the Imperial Japanese Navy, and the 2MR8, a high-wing parasol monoplane.
The first of four prototypes flew on 28 March 1931, powered by a 239 kW (320 hp) Mitsubishi A2 radial engine.
Successive prototypes were modified with more powerful engines, reduced wing area and a shorter fuselage until the fourth prototype was accepted by the Japanese Army, and ordered into service as the Type 92 Reconnaissance Aircraft.