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Aerfer Ariete
Role Prototype fighter
Manufacturer Aerfer
Designer Sergio Stefanutti
First flight 27 March 1958
Primary user Italian Air Force
Number built 2 (1 completed)
Developed from Aerfer Sagittario 2

The Aerfer Ariete (Italian for Ram) was a prototype fighter aircraft built in Italy in 1958. It was a refined derivative of the Aerfer Sagittario 2, and was an attempt to bring that aircraft up to a standard where it could be mass-produced as a viable combat aircraft. Retaining most of the Sagittario 2's layout with a nose intake and ventral exhaust for the main Derwent engine, the Ariete added a Rolls-Royce Soar RS.2 auxiliary turbojet engine to provide additional power for climbing and sprinting. This used a dorsal, retractable intake with its exhaust at the tail.

No production ensued; a proposed version with an auxiliary rocket engine instead of the auxiliary turbojet, the Aerfer Leone, was abandoned before a prototype could be built.

Specifications (Ariete)[edit | edit source]

Data from Air Enthusiast.[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one, pilot
  • Length: 9.60 m (31 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 7.50 m (24 ft 7 in)
  • Height: 3.28 m (10 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 14.5 m² (156 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 2,400 kg (5,290 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 3,535 kg (7,793 lb)
  • Powerplant:

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1,080 km/h (583 knots, 675 mph)
  • Service ceiling: 12,000 m (39,360 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 2,667 m/min (8,747 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 244 kg/m² (48 lb/ft²)
  • Thrust/weight (jet): 1:2

Armament

  • 2 × 30 mm HDD-825 cannons
  • See also[edit | edit source]

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. Swanborough 1971, p. 108.
    • Swanborough, Gordon. Air Enthusiast, Volume One. London: Pilot Press, 1971. ISBN 0-385-08171-5.

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