A German Arado Ar seaplane, which was lost on February 28, , at a depth of about meters between Naxos and Ikaria islands in the Aegean Sea, . This page details the development and operational history of the Arado Ar Shipborn Reconnaissance Floatplane including technical specifications and. The Arado Ar aircraft of the German battleship Bismarck.

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Arado Flugzeugwerke – Germany.


Bulgaria; Nazi Germany; Romania. The aircraft was showcased in quantity on nearly every front that Germany was threatened – or was threatening – and fared well against Allied shipping convoys and aeado claimed numerous Allied aircraft along the way. With nearly total production examples, this superb floatplane was in use with Germany and her allies – Bulgaria and Romania.

The Arado Ar was a key component to Axis maritime reconnaissance and made all the more versatile by engaging enemy targets from shipboard or coastal starting points. The Ar was designed to replace the Heinkel He 60 floatplane aboard the various warships Germany had available or was in the process of constructing.


The aircraft itself was to succeed the other Arado product, the now-obsolescent Ar With a German request for a new shipboard catapult-launched reconnaissance floatplane with a secondary role as a coastal patrol platformArado submitted their design consisting of a two-seat monoplane with all-metal skin.

Focke-Wulf responded as well and submitted a biplane design. After an evaluation period, the Arado design was selected with development beginning in The development, which produced four prototypes, tested two arrangements of floats.

One prototype was fitted with a centerline float and two outboard floats whilst the remaining three utilized the more traditional twin pontoon floats each situated under their respective wing. The selected aircraft design was then made ready for production and designated as the Ar A. Production would be handled throughout Germany and in the Axis-held territories of France and Denmark.

The Ar was constructed as two production series separated by classification role. On one side was the “shipboard” Ar series which was designed for catapulting from German warships. This series was comprised of the A-1 and A-4 models. On the other side was the “coastal” Ar variant, naturally designed for the defense of coastal areas with operations involving taking off and returning to their respective port areas.


This production series comprised of the A-2 and A-3 models. An A-5 model was later offered that featured improved radio equipment and twin 7.

Bismarck Arado Ar Aircraft

Basic armament consisted of varying quantities of 20mm cannons and 7. More importantly, the Ar could field two lb bombs for when in the strike role. The aircraft was eventually deployed on a number of aradoo German warships that included the Deutschland, the Admiral Scheer, the Admiral Hipper and the Leipzig.

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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

Arado Ar 196 A-5

Relative Maximum Speed Rating. This entry’s maximum listed speed mph. Graph average of miles-per-hour. Graph showcases the Arado Ar A-3’s operational range on internal fuel when compared to distances between major cities.