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Arado Ar TEW 16/43-15

Nazi Germany (1943)
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The Arado Ar TEW 16/43-15 design was a combination jet-and-rocket-powered fighter proposal for the German Luftwaffe during World War 2.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Arado Ar TEW 16/43-15 Interceptor / Fighter Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 11/9/2017. Authored by Dan Alex. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Arado Ar TEW 16/43-15 concept was born out of an in-house research project studying the possibilities of jet-powered fighter aircraft. The design appeared as early as March of 1943 and became yet another example of the forward-thinking in aircraft technology as sponsored by the many German engineering firms of World War 2. The intent of the Ar TEW 16/43-15 design was to mate a jet engine with rocket-fueled power to complement all-out performance above 32,800 feet. The design never materialized passed the "paper" stage however.

Design was wholly Arado and made use of some distinct features. A pair of low-mounted, swept-back wings were fitted at the center of the tubular fuselage with slab sides. The wings sported some dihedral and featured curved tips. The single pilot would have sat in a pressurized cockpit fitted just aft of a short nose-cone assembly. Vision to the front quadrant from under the single-piece glass canopy would have been excellent. The fuselage tapered off at the rear to which sat a high-mounted "Tee" style tail system sporting two vertical fins. The horizontal tail surfaces were swept while the vertical fins were nearly triangular in shape. Perhaps the most notable design element of the TEW 16/43-15 was its positioning of the jet engine, this mounted along the top of the fuselage spine with the intake wrapped around and aft of the canopy. The engine compartment ran some distance behind amidships and exhausted between the twin vertical tail fins. Fuel for the two powerplants was dispersed about the internal fuselage, in positions both central and aft.

The TEW 16/43-15 was to be another Arado design to make use of the patented DVL 1940 spherical tires. The aircraft would have used these special space-saving wheels across two main landing gear legs and a nose landing gear leg in a tricycle arrangement. The nose landing gear retracted under and forward of the cockpit floor while the main legs retracted into each wing root. Each of the landing gear systems retracted forwards into their respective bays.

Armament was never overlooked on these types of aspiring Luftwaffe fighter designs and the TEW 16/43-15 did not disappoint. Weapons of choice would have been a pair of MG 151/15 15mm cannons or a pair of MG 151/20 20mm cannons. Additional armament could have been a single MK 103 30mm cannon or a pair of MK 108 30mm cannons. The armament was to be centralized along the fuselage sides forward of the wings.
Performance specifications were, of course, estimated. Power could possibly have been derived from a Heinkel-brand He S 011 series jet engine of 2,866lbs thrust. Rocket propulsion was to be a Walter HWK 509A series bi-fuel rocket thruster. The fuel for the thruster consisted of the volatile C-Stoff and T-Stoff fuel combination. A top speed of 572 miles per hour was envisioned as was an optimistic ceiling of 61,600 feet with a range of 745 miles.

Like many of the potential Luftwaffe plans throughout the war however, the TEW 16/43-15 remained the stuff of German dreams. It was never followed up on nor was a prototype ever completed let alone test flown - leaving to the imagination of what impact (if any) this fighter aircraft might have had on the outcome of the war. Needless to say, it was a complex design that would have had to clear many-a-hurdle to see fruition and was perhaps left best on the engineer's drawing board and nothing more. The idea of the jet/rocket-powered fighter lived on for a time in the post-war years but the theory was soon ousted by the advent of afterburning jet-powered engines to achieve the desired results.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (572mph).

    Graph average of 562.5 miles-per-hour.
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Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: Nazi Germany
Year: 1943
Type: Interceptor / Fighter Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Arado Flugzeugwerke - Germany
Production: 0
Status: Cancelled
Global Operators:
Nazi Germany
Historical Commitments / Honors:

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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Arado Ar TEW 16/43-15 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
38.55 ft


Meters
11.75 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
33.79 ft


Meters
10.3 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
9.19 ft


Meters
2.8 m


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
14,705 lb


Kilograms
6,670 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Heinkel He S 011 turbojet engine developing 2,866 lb of thrust; 1 x Walter HWK 509A bi-fuel rocket engine.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
572 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
920 kph


Knots
497 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
746 mi


Kilometers
1,200 km


Nautical Miles
648 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
61,680 ft


Meters
18,800 m


Miles
11.68 mi

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (0):

PROPOSED:
2 x MG 151/15 15mm cannons OR 2 x MG 151/20 20mm cannons in fuselage sides.
1 x MK 103 30mm cannons OR 2 x MK 108 30mm cannons in fuselage sides.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• TEW 16/43-15 - Base Design Series Designation