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Arado E.340

National origin: Germany
Manufacturer: Arado Flugzeugwerke
Status: Cancelled
Primary user: Luftwaffe
Number built: 0

The Arado Ar E.340 was a twin-engined dive- and tactical-medium bomber design by Arado Flugzeugwerke at the request of the Reich Air Ministry in 1939 but the project was cancelled.

Design and development

The Reich Air Ministry ordered the aircraft to replace the Junkers Ju 88 and Dornier Do 217 bombers by 1943. Four manufacturers submitted plans to the Air Ministry, which chose the Arado design. The engines were positioned in a unique twin-boom arrangement connected through the wing assembly, a set-up which offered the pilot better visibility. The bombers defences included cannon and machine guns. There were two remote-controlled turrets on the fuselage and guns in the tail booms and aft fuselage.

The Junkers Jumo 222 engine was chosen to power the aircraft, a decision that ultimately ended the project due to the lack of engines being produced and the amount of high grade fuel needed to power them.

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