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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.
Data from Air Enthusiast.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)
- 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</ul>Armament
- 2 × 30 mm HDD-825 cannons
- Related development
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- Official website Aeronautica Militare
- Swanborough 1971, p. 108.
- Swanborough, Gordon. Air Enthusiast, Volume One. London: Pilot Press, 1971. ISBN 0-385-08171-5.
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