|First flight||27 March 1958|
|Primary user||Italian Air Force|
|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.
Data from Air Enthusiast.
- Crew: 1
- Length: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
- Wingspan: 7.5 m (24 ft 7 in)
- Height: 3.28 m (10 ft 9 in)
- Wing area: 14.5 m2 (156 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 2,400 kg (5,291 lb)
- Gross weight: 3,535 kg (7,793 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Rolls-Royce Derwent 9 turbojet engine, 16.2 kN (3,600 lbf) thrust
- Powerplant: 1 × Rolls-Royce RSr.2 Soar turbojet engine, 8.025 kN (1,804 lbf) thrust
- Maximum speed: 1,125 km/h (699 mph, 607 kn)
- Service ceiling: 12,000 m (39,000 ft)
- Rate of climb: 227 m/s (44,700 ft/min)
- Wing loading: 244 kg/m2 (50 lb/sq ft)
- Thrust/weight: 0.685
- Guns: 2 × 30 mm HS-825 cannon (30x136mm)
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- "Aerfer Ariete". Aeronautica Militare. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
- Swanborough 1971, p. 108.
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