Ambrosini (Aerfer) Ariete
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Ambrosini (Aerfer) Ariete

Basically similar to the Sagittario II, the Aerfer Ariete (Battering Ram) was built by Industrie Aeronautiche Meridionali (Aerfer), and represented the next step towards the development of the finally abortive Leone (Lion) mixed-power light interceptor fighter, which was being worked upon with the financial support of the US government. The Ariete had a deeper rear fuselage and, in addition to the Derwent 9, had an 821kg thrust Rolls-Royce Soar R.Sr 2 auxiliary turbojet, which improved overall performance. The Ariete prototype (MM 568) flew for the first time on 27 March 1958, but the entire project was later abandoned.

Ambrosini (Aerfer) Ariete

    Loaded weight3535 kg7793 lb
    Empty weight2400 kg5291 lb
    Wingspan7.50 m25 ft 7 in
    Length9.60 m32 ft 6 in
    Wing area14.50 m2156.08 sq ft
    Max. speed1080 km/h671 mph

Ambrosini (Aerfer) ArieteA three-view drawing (1627 x 1117)

Alberto Rizzi, 15.12.2017

Concerning the abandon of the Aerfer fighter projects, rumours are of lobby activity by U.S.A. (for the F-86 Sabre) and by FIAT (for its G 91).

EpicBlitzkrieg87, 10.12.2017

Very interesting plane. It had Hispano-Suiza HS-825 cannons which have scarce info on but I gathered enough.
Shell size: 30mm
Shell length: 113mm
Cannon weight: 360 kg
Rate of fire:1,350 per minute
Muzzle velocity: 1,050 m/s
The Ariete had 240 rounds in total in those 30mms.

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