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Ar 195
Role Torpedo bomber
Manufacturer Arado Flugzeugwerke
First flight 1937
Status Prototype
Primary user Luftwaffe
Number built 3
Developed from Arado Ar 95

The Arado Ar 195 was a single-engine prototype carrier-based torpedo bomber built by the German firm Arado for service on the German aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin during World War II.

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Design and development

A derivative of the Ar 95, fitted with an arrestor hook and catapult equipment as well as a taller canopy, the Ar 195 was intended as a torpedo bomber to equip Nazi Germany's first aircraft carrier, the Graf Zeppelin. While three prototypes were flown in 1937[1], the design did not meet the requirements of the specification and so was rejected in favour of the Fieseler Fi 167, which was considered superior.

Operator

 Germany

Specifications (Ar 195)

Data from German Aircraft of the Second World War [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 10.5 m (34 ft 5⅜ in)
  • Wingspan: 12.5 m (41 ft 0⅛ in)
  • Height: 3.6 m (11 ft 9¾ in)
  • Wing area: 46 m² (495 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 2,380 kg (5,248 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 3,745 kg (8,257 lb)
  • Powerplant:BMW 132 M Radial engine, 609 kW (819 hp)(originally quoted as 830 PS [2])

Performance

Armament

  • Guns: 1 × fixed, forward-firing 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 17 machine gun and 1 × flexible, rearward-firing MG 15 machine gun 7.92 mm (.312 in) machine gun in the rear cockpit
  • Bombs: 1 × torpedo or 1 × bomb on an under-fuselage rack

See also

Related development

Comparable aircraft

References

  1. ^ a b Smith, J.R; Kay, Antony L (1972). German Aircraft of the Second World War. London: Putnam. ISBN 85177 836 4.  
  2. ^ "Virtual Aircraft Museum". http://www.luftfahrtmuseum.com/htmi/itf/ar195.htm. Retrieved 2007-04-17.  
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