IAR 316B

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This page is about the French utility helicopter IAR 316B. For other variants, see Alouette (Family).
IAR 316B
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The IAR 316B was a Romanian-licensed helicopter based on the Aérospatiale SA.316B design. The production started in 1971 in Brasov, Romania, and ended in 1987. The helicopter used the Turbomeca Artouste IIIB engine. It had a two-seat cockpit with a large glass canopy that offered good visibility. The cabin had two doors and could fit up to three passengers. The IAR 316B was adapted to carry Eastern-bloc weapons such as 57 mm rockets, 7.62 mm machine guns, and anti-tank missiles. Out of the 250 units produced, 125 were used by the Romanian military and the rest were sold to other countries such as Pakistan, Angola, and Guinea.

It was introduced as a premium pack in Update 1.87 "Locked On" and was removed from the store after the 2019 Birthday Sale. It shares some similarities with the French SA 316B Alouette III, but also has some advantages. It can equip machine guns for aerial combat, as well as Malyutka-2 ATGMs and S-5K rockets for ground attack. However, it still lacks adequate armour and needs careful piloting to avoid being shot down. The IAR 316B is agile and fast, but the pilot must be aware of its limitations and capabilities in order to survive over the battlefield.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 0 m212 km/h
Max altitude3 500 m
EngineTurbomeca Astazou IIIB
Power570 hp
Take-off weight2 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - at sea level)
Max altitude
Stock 194 182 3500
Upgraded 230 212

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural310 km/h
Gear320 km/h

Examine the survivability of the helicopter. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB6 563 Sl icon.png
RB1 377 Sl icon.png
SB2 363 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 600 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 000 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 710 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 50 / 300 / 430 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 214 / 214 / 214 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods jet compressor.png
Mods cd 98 main rotor.png
Replacing helicopter blades
Mods jet engine.png
Mods heli flak jacket.png
Flak jacket
Mods heli structure.png
Helicopter frame
Mods night vision device.png
Mods armor cover.png
Mods weapon.png


Night vision devices
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Offensive armament

Main article: PKA (7.62 mm)

The IAR 316B is armed with:

  • 2 x 7.62 mm PKA machine guns (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Suspended armament

The IAR 316B can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Hardpoints IAR 316B.png
S-5K rockets 4, 12 4 4 4, 12
9M14-2 Malyutka-2 missiles 1 1 1 1 1 1
Default weapon presets
  • 32 x S-5K rockets + 6 x 9M14-2 Malyutka-2 missiles
  • 24 x S-5K rockets
  • 16 x S-5K rockets
  • 6 x 9M14-2 Malyutka-2 missiles

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Abundant arsenal of rockets and missiles, offering exceptional air-to-ground firepower
  • Effective machine guns capable of providing defense against enemy helicopters


  • Absence of armour, requiring caution to avoid vulnerability to enemy attacks
  • Limited secondary armament options, potentially restricting tactical versatility
  • Machine guns are ineffective against heavily armoured targets, necessitating alternative approaches for engaging such threats


The IAR-316, alongside with crew members

The IAR 316 was a training helicopter produced by the "Industria Aeronautica Românească" (in translation: "Romanian Aeronautics Industry") as a licensed version of the French "Aérospatiale Alouette III" (SA316 Alouette III Light Utility Helicopter). The production of this model started in 1971 at the IAR Factory in Ghimbav, Romania, and it was halted in 1987. A total of 250 helicopters were built, 125 for the Romanian Army, and the rest exported to countries like Pakistan, Angola, and Guinea. Some helicopters were even modified to use 57 mm rockets and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles.

A IAR-317 Skyfox attack helicopter - this is the only example ever made.

There was an attempt to convert the original model of IAR 316 into an attack helicopter named IAR 317 "Airfox", however, only 1 prototype was ever built.



See also

External links

Romanian Aeronautic Industry (Industria Aeronautică Română)
Fighters  IAR-81C
Utility  IAR 316B*
  *Licensed version of Aérospatiale's SA 316B Alouette III helicopter.

France helicopters
Attack  ▄H-34 · EC-665 Tiger HAD · Tiger HAD Block 2 · EC-665 Tiger HAP
Utility  IAR 316B · SA 313B Alouette II · SA 316B Alouette III · SA.341F Gazelle · SA.342M Gazelle