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.
| Loaded weight||3535 kg||7793 lb|
| Empty weight||2400 kg||5291 lb|
| Wingspan||7.50 m||25 ft 7 in|
| Length||9.60 m||32 ft 6 in|
| Wing area||14.50 m2||156.08 sq ft|
| Max. speed||1080 km/h||671 mph|
|A 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).
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.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?