Type: Two-seat Shipboard Reconnaissance and
Coastal Patrol Float Seaplane.
Power Plant: One BMW 132K nine-cylinder radial
air-cooled engine, rated at 960hp at take-off and 820hp at 3280 ft.
Armament: Two 20-mm. MG FF cannon with
60 r.p.g. and one 7.9-mm. MG 17 machine gun fixed to fire forward, and
one 7.9-mm. MG 15 on flexible mounting with 525 rounds, plus two 110-lb.
SC 50 bombs on ETC 50/VIII wing racks.
maximum speed: 194 m.p.h. at 3280 ft
cruising speed: 166 m.p.h.
initial climb rate: 1358 ft./min
service ceiling: 22965 ft
range: 497 miles
empty: 5148 lb.
empty equipped: 5670 lb.
loaded: 7282 lb.
span: 40 ft. 9.75 in.
length: 35 ft. 11.5 in.
height: 14 ft. 7 in.
wing area: 304.618 sq. ft.
V1 - A series, flew summer 1937
V2 - A series, flew summer 1937
V3 - B series, single float
V4 - B series, single float
V5 - B series, single float, flew autumn 1938
Ar 196A-0 - 10 delivered 11.38 - 12.38
Ar 196A-1 - 20 delivered from 6.39
Ar 196A-2 - delivered from 11.39, first production model with the
fixed forward firing armament of 2 20-mm and 1 7.9-mm
Ar 196A-4 - delivered from 12.40, strengthened structure, additional
radio (FuG 16Z), air-screw spinner
Ar 196A-3 - delivered from 3.41, strengthened structure
Ar 196A-5 - delivered from 3.43, improved radio equipment (FuG 16Z
and FuG 25a, later supplanted by FuG 141), the flexibly-mounted MG 15 in
the rear cockpit giving place to an MG 81Z (twin 7.9-mm MG 81s) with 2000
Bulgaria: few Ar 196A-3 delivered autumn 1942, used by 161st Coastal
Rumania: few Ar 196A-3 delivered 1943, used by 101st and 102nd Coastal
At least 3 Ar 196A are known to have survived: one in the Maritime
Museum at Varna (Bulgaria), one in the Smithsonian Institution (Washington,
D.C.), and one at Willow Grove Naval Station (Pennsylvania).