|This page is about the French utility helicopter IAR 316B. For other variants, see Alouette (Family).|
The IAR 316B is a premium gift rank V French utility helicopter with a battle rating of 9.3 (AB/SB) and 8.3 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.87 "Locked On".
Aérospatiale licensed the Romanian aircraft manufacturer Industria Aeronautică Româniă to build the SA.316B as the IAR 316B. Manufacturing began in 1971 in Brasov, Romania, with production ending in 1987. These helicopters were built with the Turbomeca Artouste IIIB powerplant. 250 total units were manufactured with 125 remaining for use in with the Romanian military. The rest of the manufactured helicopters were exported to other nations including Pakistan, Angola and Guinea.
The cockpit of the helicopter is built for both a pilot and co-pilot to operate with excellent views through the spacious glass canopy. Two cabin doors open to the passenger compartment which can accommodate up to three passengers.
The IAR 316B was modified to carry weapon systems more readily available in the Eastern-bloc section of Europe to include 57 mm rocket pods, 7.62 mm machine guns and other anti-tank missiles.
Describe how the helicopter behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - at sea level)
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Survivability and armour
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
The IAR 316B is armed with:
- 2 x 7.62 mm PKA machine guns (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
The IAR 316B can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- 6 x 9M14-2 Malyutka-2 missiles + 32 x S-5K rockets
Usage in battles
Describe the tactics of playing in a helicopter, the features of using the helicopter in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but instead, give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).
Pros and cons
Summarise and briefly evaluate the vehicle in terms of its characteristics and combat effectiveness. Mark its pros and cons in the bulleted list. Try not to use more than 6 points for each of the characteristics. Avoid using categorical definitions such as "bad", "good" and the like - use substitutions with softer forms such as "inadequate" and "effective".
- Totes ample rockets and missiles for air to ground
- Machine guns provide defense against enemy helicopters
- No armor
- Limited secondary armament
- Machine guns are useless versus heavy armor
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 in countries like Pakistan, Angola and Guinea. Some helicopters were even modified to use 57 mm rockets and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles.
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.
Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:
- reference to the series of the helicopter;
- links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.
|Romanian Aeronautic Industry (Industria Aeronautică Română)|
|*Licensed version of Aérospatiale's SA.316B Alouette III helicopter.|
|Attack||▄H-34 · EC-665 Tiger HAD · EC-665 Tiger HAP|
|Utility||IAR 316B · SA.313B Alouette II · SA.316B Alouette III · SA.341F Gazelle · SA.342M Gazelle|