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.
|A three-view drawing (1638 x 1318)|
| Take-off weight||891 kg||1964 lb|
| Empty weight||667 kg||1470 lb|
| Wingspan||7.75 m||25 ft 5 in|
| Length||8.10 m||27 ft 7 in|
| Height||2.65 m||9 ft 8 in|
| Wing area||22.0 m2||236.81 sq ft|
| Max. speed||240 km/h||149 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.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?