Ar 196 A-5 (late) More Firepower.

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I would like to suggest the Ar 196 A-5 as they were build from Fall 1944 with the Mg FF/M replaced with either, 2x 15mm Mg 151/15, 2x 20mm Mg 151/20 or 2x 13mm Mg 131, which in game should then be choosable as switch modifications like is allready possible with Bf 109s.

All 3 gun types would be vaiable, the 2x 15 mm Mg 151/15 with 125 rounds each would be ballistically good for ground attacks and usable against Air while beeing low on ammo, the 20mm Mg 151/20 (125rpg) would be stronger against air and generally while weaker in penetration stronger, while the 13mm Mg 131 with 300, 400 or 600 rpg (?) would be perhaps the best take for thinn ground targets and Airtargets as they have a high fire rate (900 rpm) and far greater ammo supply and interesting belts to chose from. In game the Ar 196 A-5 with the 20mm MG FF are allready available in the swedish tree, but giving the later variant to Germany would elevate it a bit above the swedish like allready is the case with the He 115 C-1 and the T-2 in the swedish tree.

Otherwise it would be identical to the swedish Ar 196 A-5.




The Ar 196 was a swimming Low-wing single engine 2 seat aircraft by Arado made for reconnaissance with the Kriegsmariene throughout the 2nd World War and the only Seaplane to be used from the beginning to the very end with the most produced variant beeing the A-5.

Designed to replace the He 60 which intended successor, the He 114 failed to replaces, instead Arado recived the contract to produce the first 4 prototypes in late 1936, which were then tested in 1937. The results of the tests were very positive for the characteristics, with the production starting in early 1939.
Allready in November 1939 the heavier A-2 variant started production followed until August 1944 with the A-5 when the Ar 196 was discontinued from production but continued to be used. All capital Ships with floatplanes where equipped with Ar 196 as well as usually used by coastal squadrons while also beeing used to hunt submarines in late 1944.

Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 2,000 m) Max altitude
(metres) Turn time
(seconds) Rate of climb
(metres/second) 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
✓ ✓ ✓ X X
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

Max speed
at 2 000 m320 km/h
Turn time21 s
Max altitude6 000 m
EngineBMW 132K
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight3 t

Armarment: As modifications to choose from.
Weapon option 1:
2 x 15 mm MG 151/15 cannon
Ammunition: 250 rounds
Fire rate: 700 shots/min

1x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gun
Ammunition: 500 rounds
Fire rate: 1200 shots/min

Option 2:
2x 20 mm Mg 151/20 cannon
Ammunition: 250 rounds
Fire rate: 700 shots/min

1x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gun
Ammunition: 500 rounds
Fire rate: 1200 shots/min

Option 3:
2x 13 mm Mg 131
Ammunition: 600/800/1200 (?) rounds
Fire rate: 900/950 shots/min

1x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gun
Ammunition: 500 rounds
Fire rate: 1200 shots/min

Flugzeuge Classics Publications
Kranzhoff, Jörg Armin (1997). Arado, History of an Aircraft Company
Dabrowski, Hans-Peter; Koos, Volker (1997). Arado Ar 196, Germany’s Multi-Purpose Seaplane
Bredemeier, Heinrich (1997). Schlachtschiff Scharnhorst (5th ed.)


…were built from October 1941 you mean. You should also make sure to bring attention that the A-5 is the most numerous variant produced and that it specifically used the MG 81Z or else gaijin will wrongfully copy/paste/use the MG 15 from the A-3:

No i specifically mean the very last, as they didnt have Mg FF, but Mg 151 or Mg 131.

+1 this needs to be added into the german tree. It’s a shame that sweden only has the A5 and germany only got the event A3