Arado Ar 198

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Ar 198
Role Reconnaissance
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Arado Flugzeugwerke
Number built 1

The Arado Ar 198 was a prototype reconnaissance aircraft developed by Arado Flugzeugwerke, with backing from the Luftwaffe, who initially preferred it over the Blohm & Voss BV 141 and the Focke-Wulf Fw 189.[1][2][3] However, when flight tests were carried out the aircraft performed poorly, and did not impress the Luftwaffe. One aircraft was completed in 1938.[4]

Specifications[edit]

Data from Warplanes of the Third Reich[5]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Length: 11.80 m (38 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 14.90 m (48 ft 11 in)
  • Height: 4.51 m (14 ft 10 in)
  • Wing area: 35.20 m2 (378.9 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 2,400 kg (5,290 lb)
  • Gross weight: 3,031 kg (6,683 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × BMW-Bramo 323A nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, 670 kW (900 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 359 km/h; 194 kn (223 mph)
  • Range: 1,081 km; 584 nmi (672 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 8,001 m (26,250 ft)

Armament

  • Guns: 1× fixed forward firing 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gun and 2× MG 15 machine guns flexibly mounted at dorsal and ventral positions
  • Bombs: 4 × 50 kg (110 lb) SC50 bombs on underwing racks

References[edit]

  • Green, William. Warplanes of the Third Reich. New York:Doubleday, 1972. ISBN 0-385-05782-2.
  • Wagner, Ray and Nowarra, Heinz. German Combat Planes: A Comprehensive Survey and History of the Development of German Military Aircraft from 1914 to 1945. New York: Doubleday, 1971.