Ansaldo S.V.A. 3
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Ansaldo S.V.A. 3

Built under licence by the AER concern at Orbassano, the S.V.A.3 was a reconnaissance fighter production derivative of the S.V.A. fighter, and essentially similar to the S.V.A.4 built in parallel by the Ansaldo factories at Borzoli and Bolzaneto. In the spring of 1918 a special interceptor version was produced, this having wings of reduced span and area. Known as the S.V.A.3 ridotto (reduced), this model was used primarily for airship interception, and although standard armament remained two synchronised 7.7mm Vickers guns, some examples were fitted with an additional weapon firing upwards at an oblique angle. Power was provided by an SPA6A engine of 220hp.

Ansaldo S.V.A. 3A three-view drawing (1638 x 1318)

    Take-off weight891 kg1964 lb
    Empty weight667 kg1470 lb
    Wingspan7.75 m25 ft 5 in
    Length8.10 m27 ft 7 in
    Height2.65 m9 ft 8 in
    Wing area22.0 m2236.81 sq ft
    Max. speed240 km/h149 mph

Alberto Rizzi, 10.03.2018

Other sources (as in Wikipedia) state two not synchronized machine guns on the upper wing.

Billy Leon, 07.03.2018

I am looking for production figures on this particular aircraft. Too date I have found the figures for the SVA.2 (65 examples), but nothing yet on this aircraft.

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