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Socrux S.TA-320 Arara

4,088 FlyingHueman  8 days ago

AG 1: Drag Chute
AG 2: Jettison Centreline Fuel Tank
AG 3: Jettison Inboard Weapon Racks
AG 4: Jettison Rocket Pods
AG 6: Air-To-Air Missiles ARM ON
AG 7: Arrestor Hook
AG 8: Nav Lights On/Off
VTOL: Flaps Up/Down (Inverted)

The Tangará's popularity naturally led to the development of further versions. One such variation started as a turboprop conversion for light attack and intermediary training duties. Initially called Turbo Tangará, over the course of its development it underwent so many changes that the end product shared almost nothing with its predecessor, being an essentially new design. As such, it was renamed Arara (Macaw).

An exceptionally capable two-seat light attack aircraft, it has been widely exported, seeing combat in various parts of the globe in counter-insurgency missions. More recent airframes come straight from the factory equipped with a Saturno II multi-sensor electro-optical sensors/targeting pods mounted on the forward fuselage just aft of the front landing gear bay, allowing them to employ all sorts of smart weaponry without external aid. With a glass cockpit and advanced avionics sourced off-the-shelf from commercially available equipment, the Arara is a cheap, simple but highly advanced weapons system, despite its propeller-powered nature leading many to mistakely take it for an old and outdated machine.

The canopy is large, providing the crew with excellent visibility. It is a very agile aircraft, though flying with a heavy payload hinders its maneuverability considerably. Its exhaust sends the engine exhaust air straight over the wings; this helps mask its already low IR signature from shoulder-launched infrared-guided missiles. This, along with its countermeasure suite, allow for enhanced survivability over low intensity, but high complexity combat environments.

The Arara was designed from the outset to be simple, easy to maintain and service, and capable of operating from just about anywhere. Its rugged landing gear, low fuel consumption and low maintenance requirements allow it to operate from austere, improvised landing strips in areas with difficult access to supplies. This has proven particularly useful during counter-insurgency operations, often taking part in densely forested regions where infrastructure is limited or non-existent and access is difficult.

It is armed with four M3 .50 caliber machine guns, and has 7 weapon stations. A usual configuration, shown here, features an external fuel tank on the centreline station; two mixed weapon racks with a short-range air-to-ground missile and a BPG-250 guided glide bomb each; two UB-21 70mm rocket pods with 21 rockets each; and two short-range air-to-air missiles in the outboard pylons for self-defense.

Of particular note are the BPG-250 glide bombs. These smart weapons have contributed extensively to the Arara's survivability since their integration into the weapons system, though reliability issues mean some pilots still prefer simply using "dumb" 250 pound bombs instead.

Pictured below is the S.YTA-320 prototype aircraft as flown during missile integration validation tests.

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General Characteristics

  • This plane has been featured
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 39.0ft (11.9m)
  • Length 38.8ft (11.8m)
  • Height 13.7ft (4.2m)
  • Empty Weight 5,989lbs (2,716kg)
  • Loaded Weight 8,721lbs (3,956kg)

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.229
  • Wing Loading 23.1lbs/ft2 (112.8kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 377.4ft2 (35.1m2)
  • Drag Points 4500

Parts

  • Number of Parts 154
  • Control Surfaces 8
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    Ara ara....

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    4,088 FlyingHueman

    @Zippy6 Not quite
    More like

    Angry birb noises

    6 days ago
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    13.0k Zippy6

    Ara-ara!

    +3 6 days ago
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    7,156 Mustang51

    The planes I have had featured looked good to me at the time I made them but now, to me at least, seem somewhat average so I guess the features are for how something looks depending on your profiles points. It seems sort of like spotlighting where you try to promote builds from players that have less profile points. Your build both looks and flies fantastic so no wonder it was featured!

    7 days ago
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    Ok congrats on the feature too bro, very jealous and definitely get on the sp discord server its a good community but the greatwst thing is the help u get from the mods theres so much they taught me you can also expand ur advertisement of builds too:) @FlyingHueman

    7 days ago
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    4,088 FlyingHueman

    @Mustang51 I'm still amazed, honestly. I was hoping one of my builds would be featured in the future, but I was definitely not expecting it to be this one, nor so soon.

    I cannot help but wonder whether it was the aesthetics, or the performance/functionality, or both, lol.

    7 days ago
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    7,156 Mustang51

    Congratulations on the feature!

    7 days ago
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    4,088 FlyingHueman

    @Aeromen @Sadboye12 Thanks a lot, guys! In fact, let this comment be directed to all of you who upvoted or just enjoyed this aircraft.

    It blows my mind that this was featured in the front page, seriously. I'd like to thank every single one of you guys, you're awesome.

    +1 7 days ago
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    4,088 FlyingHueman

    @MSGamezYXZ360 I just eyeball things, no blueprints. I do use reference images on my phone, and try to replicate the features in my aircraft sometimes to get the feel. I've tried using blueprints in SP and it just isn't for me, I prefer eyeballing things. When you're doing fictional aircraft, this also helps as you're more free and not bound to a blueprint.
    Also, no, I'm not in any SP server (I assume you mean Discord and the like), at least not for the moment.

    7 days ago
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    4,185 Sadboye12

    IKR

    7 days ago
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    29.1k Aeromen

    Excellent, this is worth of an gold / platinum user, very deserved feature. Keep the good work.

    +3 7 days ago
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    Oh ok i too have same interests as you..im wanting to get into fictional builds, so im wondering if you use blueprints or just eyeball images? And are u on sp server?...thanks for the response:) @FlyingHueman

    7 days ago
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    4,088 FlyingHueman

    @Mustang51 Original plane, do not steal lol
    Thanks man!

    8 days ago
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    4,088 FlyingHueman

    @MSGamezYXZ360 Thanks! It should be noted, however, that I don't actually build planes daily. As I've said a few times before, I've been building planes in and off for quite some time now (Almost 2 years, I believe), but very sparsely, and only a few days ago did I decide to create an account and share the ones I took to be worth posting. I have many more, but a lot of them are very crude, have poor flying characteristics from when I was still learning, or are just overall not worth it to post here. the Flecha right here, for instance, was the first fighter I made which I felt "whoa, okay, now this is decent". Naturally, I've done small touch-ups in some older planes before posting them.

    As such, in a few days you'll probably see me suddenly stop posting and then you're only going to see me very rarely around these parts - that's when the pile of stuff I'm sitting on to post ends, lel. I'm almost there, in fact. Of course, I still build stuff, but not all the time.

    As for inspiration... I love planes! That's about it. I really love planes, and they decided my career choice. I love reading about them, I love looking at them, I love drawing them, and I love creating my own in SimplePlanes. The inspiration just comes by itself. This one, for instance, was obviously inspired by the Super Tucano; I think I got the idea planted in my head after watching a documentary on the Tucano family, called Tucano 35... It's on Youtube if you want to check it out (put there by the company that made it themselves, by the way; they made the documentary as a free-to-watch collaboration with the Brazilian Air Force to commemorate the 35 years of the T-27), and though it's in Portuguese there are subtitles in English. They're a bit wrong at several times, but hey, it might be worth the watch.

    +1 8 days ago
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    7,156 Mustang51

    Yes this is definitely not a Tucano! However, it’s a fantastic Non-Tucano! Great job!

    8 days ago
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    Wew very nice and daily upvotes...where u get inspiration on what to build?

    +1 8 days ago
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    4,088 FlyingHueman

    @Mustang51 this is the one I was talking about the other day
    Not!-A-Tucano

    8 days ago