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This page is about the gift German bomber Ar 196 A-3. For the Swedish version, see Ar 196 A-5 (Sweden).
Ar 196 A-3
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Ar 196 A-3
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In 1936, the Kriegsmarine sought for a replacement to their existing biplane ship-launched floatplanes. The German Air Ministry helped with the aircraft selection and sent orders out for companies to send their contenders. Arado submitted their Ar 196 design alongside Focke-Wulf, Dornier, and Gota-Vagon-Fabrik in Autumn 1936. Among the competition, the Arado design won out and entered production in November 1938. Aside from its ship-launched variant, a land-based variant was also designed and entered production in 1939 as the A-2 that saw addition of weapons and the capability to carry ordnance. By the end of 1940, the Ar 196 A-3 began production for use in coastal patrol roles. Several samples also found its way to Germany-aligned or conquered countries like Bulgaria, Romania, Finland, and Norway. Additionally, a portion of the machines fell into the hands of the USSR as trophies and were used in aviation border units until the late 1950s, with their BMW 132K engines being replaced by domestic ASH-62IR engines.

Introduced during Update "Starfighters" as a reward for the 2020 Operation S.U.M.M.E.R. event, the Ar 196 A-3 has since been made available in the game as a ship-launched reconnaissance aircraft in naval battles. Considered as one of the best naval scouts in history, nicknamed "the eyes of the Kriegsmarine"! The Ar 196 A-3 has every chance of becoming the new king of the sandpit: it is armed with a pair of 20 mm MG FF cannons and an MG 17 rifle-calibre machine gun, it can also carry 2 x 50 kg bombs under its wings. The Ar 196 A-3 also has a defensive turret with a 7.92 mm machine gun, which is quite good in the initial ranks. And of course, just like the other hydroplanes in the game, the Ar 196 A-3 is able to capture control points in naval battles. [1]

Ships that carry the Ar 196 A-3 as a ship-launched reconnaissance aircraft

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 2 000 m320 km/h
Turn time21 s
Max altitude6 000 m
EngineBMW 132K
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight3 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 2,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 300 292 6000 22.2 23.2 4.1 4.1 450
Upgraded 344 320 19.9 21.0 11.2 7.0


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
570 550 498 469 320 ~9 ~8
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 270 < 280 < 250 > 324

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural570 km/h
Gear550 km/h
  • No armour protection
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks in the floats

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB148 Sl icon.png
RB193 Sl icon.png
SB2 659 Sl icon.png
Crew training450 Sl icon.png
Experts3 000 Sl icon.png
Aces45 Ge icon.png
Research Aces220 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 20 / 40 / 80 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 100 / 100 / 100 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Wings repair
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Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
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Offensive armament

Weapon 12 x 20 mm MG FF cannon
Ammunition120 rounds
Fire rate520 shots/min
Ammunition500 rounds
Fire rate1 200 shots/min

The Ar 196 A-3 is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm MG FF cannons, wing-mounted (60 rpg = 120 total)
  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gun, fuselage-mounted (500 rpg)

For different roles, different belts should be used. For air battles, Air Targets should be loaded, because it contains the most HE rounds. The 7.92 mm can be loaded with Universal or Stealth. However, if your aim is less than stellar, Tracers will help you aim. In naval, however, Stealth should be loaded for the MG FFs. Contrary their name, Stealth belts are actually not at all stealthy as every round fired can be seen. They can be used instead for attacking ships, and hitting components. The 7.92 mm can be loaded with Tracers or Universal.

Suspended armament

List of setups (1)
Setup 12 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Main article: SC50JA (50 kg)

The Ar 196 A-3 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 2 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (100 kg total)

Defensive armament

Turret7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun
Ammunition525 rounds
Fire rate1000 shots/min
Main article: MG 15 (7.92 mm)

The Ar 196 A-3 is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun, dorsal turret (525 rpg)

Usage in battles

The Arado Ar 196 excels at destroying light ground targets, and with its twin MG FF armament it can head-on virtually any aircraft at the BR and win. Compound that with the fact that there are many inexperienced players at the BR who will head-on any target they meet, and it will be easy to accrue kills. However, the 196 loses energy very easily due to the 2 massive floats strapped to the bottom of the fuselage. The 196 usually goes out in a "blaze of glory" early on into the match, due to the playstyle revolving around killing ground targets.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Pros and cons


  • Powerful cannon armament
  • Good MG for rear turret
  • Can be very useful for capping points in Naval
  • Good cockpit visibility
  • Very good low speed handling


  • Pontoons destroyed very easily, which contain the fuel tanks
  • Low ammo count for cannon
  • Slow, poor energy retention
  • Low bomb load


Arado Ar 196 taxiing at sea in 1940.

The Ar 196 was a German shipborne floatplane reconnaissance aircraft that equipped the majority of the Kriegsmarine's ships during the Second World War. Designed as a replacement to the obsolete He 60, the Ar 196 started entering service in the late 1930s to equip German capital ships such as ships of the Deutschland, Scharnhorst and Bismarck classes. The planes saw their first service in late 1939 as scouts for the pocket battleship Graf Spee, and later distinguished themselves by capturing the British submarine HMS Seal. Many Ar 196 floatplanes were captured by Allied forces, and several aircraft survive in museums to this day.[2]

Design and development

In the early 1930s, the primary German floatplane fighter was the Heinkel He 60, an underpowered biplane design that soon became obsolete. Thus, the Air Ministry (RLM) decided to pursue the development of a new naval floatplane fighter. Heinkel submitted the He 114, a sesquiplane, while several other firms submitted similar biplanes designs. However, the Arado firm decided to create an unconventional monoplane design, which proved to have significantly better performance than its competitors.[2] Thus, four prototypes were ordered; more conservative elements of the RLM decided to order the Focke-Wulf designed Fw 62, a more conventional biplane, but the order was cancelled when the Ar 196 proved to be well adapted for its role.[2]

The Ar 196 was of monoplane construction, and featured a BMW engine producing just under 1,000 hp. It was flown by a crew of two - a pilot and a navigator, who doubled as the rear gunner. Armament consisted of a formidable two 20 mm MG/FF cannons and a single 7.92 mm machine gun firing forward, and a single 7.92 mm machine gun on a flexible mounting in the rear cockpit. The first pre-production Ar 196 model was delivered in late 1938, and following shakedown tests, the first production aircraft were delivered in June of 1939.[2]

Operational History

The Ar 196 first saw battle service in late 1939, when two Ar 196s were loaded aboard the pocket battleship Graf Spee. They served as the medium range reconnaissance aircraft and were responsible for locating the majority of the Spee's victims. Another notable action took place in mid-1940, when land-based Arado 196s captured a British submarine, the HMS Seal.[2] After the Seal struck one of its own mines during a minelaying operation, patrolling Ar 196s managed to damage the submarine by bombs and gunfire to prevent her from submerging. An Arado landed beside the submarine, whose commander decided to surrender.[2]

Production of the Ar 196 was slow, having been shifted between multiple aircraft producers. Nevertheless, the Ar 196 served as the main catapult floatplane for Kriegsmarine capital ships until the end of the war. Production had been terminated in 1944 due to the relative obsolescence of the Ar 196 against the modern allied fighters it frequently encountered over the German coast.[2] Several Ar 196s survived the war, including two floatplanes confiscated with the German heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen. Two Ar 196s survive, one at a Bulgarian museum and the other in storage at the National Air and Space Museum in the United States.[2]



See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

External links


  1. Devblog
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 National Air and Space Museum (2020)
  • National Air and Space Museum. (2020). Arado Ar 196 A-5. Retrieved November 23, 2020, from

Arado Aircraft Corporation (Arado Flugzeugwerke)
Bombers  Ar 196 A-3
Jet Bombers  Ar 234 B-2 · Ar 234 C-3
Export  ▄Ar 196 A-5

Germany bombers
Arado  Ar 196 A-3
Blohm & Voss  BV 138 C-1 · BV 238
Dornier  Do 17 E-1 · Do 17 Z-2 · Do 217 E-2 · Do 217 E-4 · Do 217 K-1 · Do 217 M-1
Focke-Wulf  Fw 189 A-1 · Fw 200 C-1
Henschel  Hs 123 A-1
Heinkel  He 111 H-3 · He 111 H-6 · He 111 H-16 · He 115 C-1 · He 177 A-5
Junkers  Ju 87 B-2 · Ju 87 R-2 · Ju 87 R-2 Libya · Ju 87 D-3 · Ju 87 D-5 · Ju 88 A-1 · Ju 88 A-4 · Ju 188 A-2 · Ju 288 C
Messerschmitt  Me 264
Savoia-Marchetti  ▀S.M.79 serie 1 · ▀S.M.79 B · ▀S.M.79 serie 4 · ▀S.M.79 serie 8
  ▀S.M.79 AS · ▀S.M.79 bis/N · ▀S.M.79 bis/T.M
Trophies  ▀Wellington Mk Ic

Germany premium aircraft
Fighters  He 51 B-2/H · BV 155 B-1
He 112  He 112 B-1/U2 · He 112 B-2/U2
Bf 109  Flegel's Bf 109 A · Bf 109 E-7/U2 · Bf 109 G-2
Fw 190  Fw 190 A-5/U14 · Fw 190 C · Fw 190 D-13
Captured  ▀Marcolin's C.R.42 CN · ▀Hawk H-75A-2 · ▀Yak-1B · ▀La-5FN · ▀P-47D-16-RE · ▀P-47D · ▀Tempest Mk V
Twin-engine fighters  Bf 109 Z-1 · Ju 388 J · Ta 154 A-1
Jet fighters  ◄Sea Hawk Mk.100 · ◄G.91 R/4 · ◄MiG-21 SPS-K · ◊MiG-21 "Lazur-M"
Strike aircraft  Hs 129 B-2 (Romania) · ▀IL-2 (1942) · Bf 110 C-6 · Do 335 B-2 · He 219 A-7 · ◄Tornado IDS WTD61
Bombers  Ar 196 A-3 · BV 238 · Fw 189 A-1 · Ju 87 R-2 Libya · Ju 288 C · ▀Wellington Mk Ic

Ship-launched reconnaissance aircraft
USA  OS2U-1* · SOC-1
Germany  Ar 196 A-3*
Britain  Osprey Mk IV · Walrus Mk.I
Japan  E7K2 · E8N2 · E13A1 · F1M2*
Italy  Ro.43
France  GL.832HY · Loire 130С
  *Available standalone in tech tree