Arado Ar 196 A-3

Arado Ar 196

CountryNazi Germany
RoleReconnaissance
IntroductionMay 1937
Built541

The Arado Ar 196 was a shipboard reconnaissance low-wing monoplane aircraft built by the German firm of Arado starting in 1936. The next year it was selected as the winner of a design contest and became the standard aircraft of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) throughout World War II.

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The Arado Ar 196 was a German aircraft designed for naval reconnaissance and observation missions during World War II. It was a low-wing monoplane with a metal structure and a radial engine, and it could operate from either twin floats or a single central float with small stabilizers.
The Arado Ar 196 was chosen by the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) in 1937 after a competition with other manufacturers, and it became the standard shipboard aircraft for most of the war. The Arado Ar 196 had good performance and handling on water and in the air, and it was armed with two 20 mm cannons in the wings, one 7.92 mm machine gun in the engine cowling, and two rearward-facing 7.92 mm machine guns for defense. It could also carry two 50 kg bombs under the wings.
The Arado Ar 196 was used for reconnaissance, spotting, artillery adjustment, air-sea rescue, anti-submarine warfare, and occasionally as a fighter or bomber. It served on several German warships, including the battleships Bismarck and Tirpitz , and also operated from coastal bases and islands in various theaters of war.

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