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IAI Arava (Willow)

Israel (1973)

Detailing the development and operational history of the IAI Arava (Willow) STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) Transport Aircraft.

 Entry last updated on 6/10/2016; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©

Basic Specifications
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Year: 1973
Type: STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) Transport Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) - Israel
Production: 103

Over 100 of the Israeli Arava were produced from 1972 to 1988 and these fielded across multiple foreign air forces.

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Supported Mission Types
Ground Attack
Close-Air Support
Airborne Early Warning
Electronic Warfare
Aerial Tanker
Passenger Industry
VIP Travel
Business Travel
Special Forces
Crew: 2
Length: 41.67 ft (12.7 m)
Width: 68.90 ft (21.00 m)
Height: 17.06 ft (5.20 m)
Empty Weight: 8,818 lb (4,000 kg)
MTOW: 14,991 lb (6,800 kg)

Installed Power
2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 turboprop engines developing 750 horsepower each.

Standard Day Performance
Maximum Speed: 202 mph (325 kph; 175 kts)
Maximum Range: 656 mi (1,055 km; 570 nm)
Service Ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,620 m; 4.73 mi)
Rate-of-Climb: 1,300 ft/min (396 m/min)

None. Hold used for 16 airborne troopers or 24 infantry.

Operators List
Argentina; Bolivia; Cameroon; Colombia; Ecuador; El Salvador; Guatemala; Haiti; Honduras; Israel; Liberia; Mexico; Nicaragua; Papua New Guinea; Swaziland; Thailand; Venezuela

Series Model Variants
• Arava 101 - Base passenger transport
• Arava 102 - Passenger airliner variant
• Arava 102B - Transport variant
• Arava 201 - Militarized troop transport variant
• Arava 202 - Militarized transport with lengthened fuselage and revised wing assemblies.