Ambrosini (Aerfer) Ariete
|FIGHTER||Virtual Aircraft Museum / Italy / Ambrosini|
Basically similar to the Sagittario II, the Aerfer Ariete (Battering Ram) was built by Industrie Aeronautiche Meridionali (Aerfer), and represented the next step towards the development of the finally abortive Leone (Lion) mixed-power light interceptor fighter, which was being worked upon with the financial support of the US government. The Ariete had a deeper rear fuselage and, in addition to the Derwent 9, had an 821kg thrust Rolls-Royce Soar R.Sr 2 auxiliary turbojet, which improved overall performance. The Ariete prototype (MM 568) flew for the first time on 27 March 1958, but the entire project was later abandoned.