IAI Arava

Specifications

1st Flight 1969

Crew: 2

Capacity: 24 fully equipped troops or

16 paratroopers or

2,351 kg (5,183 lb) payload

Length: 13.03 m (42 ft 9 in)

Wingspan: 20.96 m (68 ft 9 in)

Height: 5.21 m (17 ft 1 in)

Wing area: 43.68 m2 (470.2 sq ft)

Aspect ratio: 10:1

Airfoil: NACA 63(215)A 417

Empty weight: 3,999 kg (8,816 lb)

Max takeoff weight: 6,804 kg (15,000 lb)

Fuel capacity: 1,663 L (439 US gal; 366 imp gal) (normal)

Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 turboprops, 560 kW (750 shp) each

Propellers: 3-bladed Hartzell HC-B3TN fully-feathering reversible pitch propellers

Performance

Maximum speed: 326 km/h (203 mph, 176 kn) at 3,050 m (10,000 ft)

Cruise speed: 311 km/h (193 mph, 168 kn) at 3,050 m (10,000 ft) (econ. cruise)

Stall speed: 115 km/h (71 mph, 62 kn) (54% flaps)

Never exceed speed: 397 km/h (247 mph, 214 kn)

Range: 1,056 km (656 mi, 570 nmi) with maximum fuel

Service ceiling: 7,620 m (25,000 ft)

Rate of climb: 6.6 m/s (1,290 ft/min)

Takeoff distance to 15 m (50 ft): 463 m (1,519.0 ft)

Landing run from 15 m (15 ft): 469 m (1,538.7 ft)

Variants

The IAI Arava is a light STOL utility transport aircraft.

It is IAI’s first indigenously-developed aircraft design to enter production.

IAI 101

Civil-transport version

IAI 101A

Civil transport version, one built

IAI 101B

Civil transport version

IAI 102

Civil passenger aircraft for up to 20 people in airline-standard configuration or up to 12 passengers in VIP configuration

IAI 102B

Civil transport version

IAI 201

Military transport version

IAI 202

Modified, variant with winglets and an APU

IAI 203

Proposed jet-powered version, not built.

IAI 301

Proposed Turbomeca Astazou powered variant, not built.

IAI 401

Proposed larger variant with PT-6A engines, not built.

The military version could also be equipped with a range of weapons, in order to act in anti-submarine- or gunship roles.

The weapon configuration could include two machine guns in fuselage side packs (usually 0.5″ Browning), plus a third gun on the rear fuselage, and two pods containing 6 x 82 mm rocket pods or torpedoes or sonar buoys on the fuselage sides.

Another less known military version is the 202B Electronic warfare model.

This version was made in small numbers, and had distinct large radomes at each end of the fuselage.

The radomes contained the Electronic Warfare mission systems.

 

 

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