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Reggiane Re.2002 Ariete

The Reggiane Re.2002 Ariete was an Italian fighter-bomber developed during World War II.

The aircraft was a further development of the Re.2000, with some of the modifications that already had been introduced in the Re.2001.

The aircraft was mainly used by the Regia Aeronautica, it also saw limited use with the German Luftwaffe, who used it against the French resistance.

The Re.2002 project began with the conversion of the Re.2000 to Regia Aeronautica specifications including a redesigned wing and conventional fuel tanks.

A contract for a single conversion resulted in the Reggiane company using this as the basis of a new aircraft.

The Re.2002 was designed by Roberto Longhi and Antonio Alessio, who took a modified and strengthened Re.2000 fuselage, mated to Re.2001 wings and a more powerful radial engine, the Piaggio P.XIX R.C.45 Turbine (1,175 hp).

The decision to go back to radial engines was partly made due to the difficulty in obtaining German made Daimler-Benz DB 601 engines and Longhi’s preference for radial engines.

The first prototype flew in October 1940, approximately three months after the Re.2001.

The evaluation period showed some reliability problems with the Piaggio engine and therefore the aircraft served primarily as an attack aircraft instead, as it could carry a considerable payload, by Italian standards.


1 x Prototype fitted with Re.2005 wings.

18 x Dive bombers.

1 x Prototype fitted with a Daimler-Benz DB 601 engine.

1 x Torpedo bomber prototype.





8.16 m (26 ft 9 in)


11.0 m (36 ft 1 in)


3.15 m (10 ft 4 in)

Wing area

20.4 m2 (220 sq ft)



Empty weight

2,390 kg (5,269 lb)

Max take-off weight

3,240 kg (7,143 lb)


1 × Piaggio P.XIX R.C.45 Turbine,

14-cylinder air-cooled supercharged radial piston engine,

876 kW (1,175 hp)


3-bladed Piaggio constant-speed propeller


Maximum speed

530 km/h (330 mph, 290 kn) at 5,500 m (18,000 ft)

Cruise speed

400 km/h (250 mph, 220 kn) at 4,500 m (14,800 ft)

Stall speed

120 km/h (75 mph, 65 kn) (flaps down)


1,100 km (680 mi, 590 nmi) at 6,000 m (20,000 ft)


417 km/h (259 mph; 225 kn)

Service ceiling

11,000 m (36,000 ft)

Time to altitude

8 min 48 s to 6,000 m (20,000 ft)



2x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns

2x 7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns


650 kg (1,430 lb) on three hardpoints.



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