IAR81C fitted with 210mm Mortar?

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IAR81C fitted with 210mm Mortar?

Post by Andy H » 20 Aug 2002 20:35

In May 1944 to enhance it's capabilities to counter allied bombers one IAR81C was fitted witha German Werfer-Granate 210mm mortar.

Does anyone have details on this hybrid?

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Post by Victor » 20 Aug 2002 20:46

The IAR-81C no. 429 (see its profile on my website in the Units/2nd Fighter Group section) was fitted with these and tested at the end of May and beginning of June. I have not found any info on its operational use, but I will "dig" some more.

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Post by Andy H » 20 Aug 2002 20:57

Thank you Victor

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Post by Victor » 22 Aug 2002 14:09

It looks like the launchers were taken off after the tests. Another two airplanes in the 6th Fighter Group were supposed to be equipped with launchers at the beginning of July. I do not know if they were used in combat and the person I asked has found anything in the archives yet, but he also thinks that they wee not, because the launchers diminished the already poor high-altitude performance of the IAR-81C.

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