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Wednesday, September 29th 2004, 4:08pm

G.3. Naval Observation and Scouting Aircraft

Dhairya B - 1921

Drongo A - 1928/30


Monday, November 8th 2004, 2:40am

[SIZE=3]Dhairya (Fearless) B[/SIZE]

Name: Awali Brothers Dhairya B
Type: Scout floatplane
Crew: 2
Max Speed : 102 mph
Range: 320 miles
Wingspan: 41' 9"
Length: 29' 1"
Armament: Armament: 1 fixed 7.92 mm machine gun, firing forward; 1 ring-mounted 7.92 mm machine gun in rear cockpit. Can be fitted with 1 x 50 kg bomb, but rare in practice.

Notes: Float-based derivative of Dhairya A. Reduced performance results from float-induced drag. Not in wide service due to paucity of recently built major warships in service.


Thursday, June 29th 2006, 3:07pm

[SIZE=3]Drongo A[/SIZE]

Name: Awali Brothers Drongo A
Type: Scout floatplane
Crew: 2
Max Speed: 118 mph
Range: 415 miles
Wingspan: 41'9"
Length: 31' 4"
Armament: 1 fixed 15 mm machine gun, firing forward; 1 ring-mounted 7.92 mm machine gun in rear cockpit; 2x50 kg on wing pylons.

Notes: First tested in 1928. A modified Toofani B scout-bomber, with a larger engine and a 15 mm machine gun, allowing limited use against slow moving aerial targets such as flying boats or airships.

Introduction to service was delayed until 1930 due to the Filipino Revolution. The Drongo will, in time, replace the Dhairya B in service.


Tuesday, April 12th 2011, 12:34pm

Drongo B

Name: Awali Brothers Drongo B
Crew: 10
Length: 28.12 m
Wingspan: 38.00 m
Height: 9.15 m
Empty weight: 15500 kg
Loaded weight: 24500 kg
Powerplant: Four Mitsubishi MK4B Kasei 12 radial engines, 1530 hp each
Maximum speed: 433 km/h
Service ceiling: 7630 m
Range: 7200 km
Armament: Five 15mm cannons, three 7.92mm machine guns. 2000 kg bombs or two torpedoes.

Notes: In October 1940 Awali Brothers acquired the license to built the H8K1 flying boat from the Japanese.