Ar 196 A-5 (Sweden)

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This page is about the bomber Ar 196 A-5 (Sweden). For the German version, see Ar 196 A-3.
▄Ar 196 A-5
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▄Ar 196 A-5
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The ▄Ar 196 A-5 is a premium rank I Swedish bomber with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/SB) and 1.3 (RB). It was introduced in Update "Drone Age".

This is a version nearly identical to the Ar 196 A-3 found in the German aviation and naval tree (as scout), with the singular upgrade of a significantly more potent rear defensive gun. It will do best in ground combat as the MG FF is effective against ground, plus the two 50 kg bombs for soft ground targets. The seaplane may have additional utility in Air Sim combat that has a water capture point.

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

The Arado Ar 196 A-5 features favourable flight characteristics - it is stable, and a good gun platform. Its flight performance may take enemy fighters off guard, as its turning ability rivals most monoplanes at lower ranks and it can hold its own against even biplanes. However, its weight and drag mean that its energy retention in the vertical is almost non-existent, meaning you'll want to keep your fights strictly horizontal. The aircraft also takes damage very well, able to fight decently even in a critically damaged state. Its speed is reasonable for an aircraft of its type, and its dive performance is favourable for a floatplane, but it will be outrun by essentially all dedicated fighters.

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 ___ ___ ___ ~__ ~__
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 170 < 180 < 165 > ___

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural570 km/h
Gear550 km/h

The A-5 has no armour. The survivability though, is fairly average, being able to take a lot of small calibre fire but falling apart fairly quickly under anything higher in calibre than a heavy machine gun. The floats and engine in particular are fairly large targets, and with all of the 196's fuel stored in the floats, you don't want to be taking too much damage to them. The engine is fairly resilient, being able to hold out with large amounts of battle damage and even sustain flight with extreme engine damage, but as with any engine trouble it's paramount to return to base as soon as possible.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB148 Sl icon.png
RB193 Sl icon.png
SB5 506 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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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-5 (Sweden) 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, nose-mounted (500 rpg)

Suspended armament

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

The Ar 196 A-5 (Sweden) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

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

Defensive armament

Turret2 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine gun
Ammunition2000 rounds
Fire rate1597 shots/min
Main article: MG 81 (7.92 mm)

The Ar 196 A-5 (Sweden) is defended by:

  • 2 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine guns, dorsal turret (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)

Usage in battles

The Arado functions well as a support fighter, having good firepower out the back and front. A competent 196 pilot can turn the tide of a dogfight, as its turning ability and powerful weaponry make short work of early war fighters, this is one of the rare planes to mount 20 mm at this BR. The MG 81Z in the observer's position (twin MG 81s) is also a very real threat to enemy aircraft, sporting a very high fire rate with armour piercing and incendiary ammunition. The 196, however, does not have a huge amount of staying power in a fight, as its 20 mm cannons have a fairly average ammunition pool - and once it's depleted the pilot is left with only a single 7.92 mm MG 17. Its flaps, however, are very effective - meaning they drastically reduce the turning radius and have very high rip speeds, which can be used to its advantage during an engagement.

The Ar 196's speed is a limiting factor, as it can only chase down fairly slow aircraft, most of which are bombers or biplanes. It is recommended that you climb to a reasonable altitude, which will allow you to go into engagements with a speed advantage and not leave you stranded at low altitude with very little speed. Armed with only a pair of 50 kg bombs, the Arado does not make a very capable bomber, but it can put them to reasonably good use by taking out some light ground units before engaging enemies in the air.

Its cockpit visibility is reasonably good, with great views out the front and back, though spars somewhat obfuscate the view at both sides, meaning you may have to roll a little from side to side to gain visibility in those areas.

Pros and cons


  • Powerful offensive armament
  • Potent defensive armament
  • Well defended
  • Reasonably rugged
  • Great flaps
  • Great flight characteristics for an aircraft of its type


  • Slow
  • Vulnerable to damage to floats
  • Poor bomb load


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See also

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

External links

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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

Sweden bombers
B3  B3C
B17  B17A · B17B · S17BS
SAAB 18  B18A · B18B · T18B · T18B (57)
T 2  T 2
Finland  ▄Ar 196 A-5 · ▄Ju 88 A-4

Sweden premium aircraft
Fighters  Iacobi's J8A · ▄Fokker D.XXI · Mörkö-Morane · VL Myrsky II · J9 Early · J26 David · VL Pyörremyrsky · ▄Bf 109 G-6
Jet fighters  J29D · J35A · Saab J35XS
Strike aircraft  SAAB-105OE · A32A Röd Adam
Bomber  ▄Ar 196 A-5