Ambrosini SAI-Aeronautica Lombarda A.R. (or Aereo da Assalto Radioguidato).

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Ambrosini SAI-Aeronautica Lombarda A.R. ( or Aereo da Assalto Radioguidato).

History.

In 1942 the Royal Italian Navy was in a situation that was beginning to prove very dangerous for the fate of the Second World War: it found itself facing the large units of the Mediterranean Fleet, and the Royal Italian Air Force often had aircraft that were obsolete or unsuitable for attacking the opposing English ships with sufficient precision and effectiveness. To make up for operational shortcomings, the leaders of the Regia Aeronautica, who also maintained control of naval air operations, conceived the ARP program (a radio-controlled SM.79), which however failed. The basic idea of ​​the plane, however, was not abandoned, and in November 1942 the engineers Ermenegildo Preti and Stelio Frati developed and built a cheap, light and “disposable” plane to be used against English ships. After the first good tests, the aircraft was approved and mass production of the aircraft began, which however was interrupted with the events of 8 September 1943. There were some slight attempts to revive the project and readjust it to the situations also trying to make it similar to the German Mistel, which however remained unfinished.

Armaments and propulsion.

The aircraft had a single armament, given the particular nature of the operational use, which consisted of the offensive one based on two 1,000 kg drop bombs each placed in its hold.
The propeller unit was based on the 1,000 HP Fiat A.80 RC.41 engine, a surplus material engine coming from disused Fiat B.R.20 bombers.

Specifications.

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Crew: 2 who ejected before engaging the target
Length: 14.10 m
Wingspan: 8.20 m
Height:3.22 m
Maximum weight: 5.460 kg
Fuel capacity: 700 L
Maximum speed: 360 km/h
Engine: 1x radial Fiat A.80 RC.41 with 1,000 HP power
Armament: 2 1,000 kg bombs

Pictures and drawnings.

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Sources.

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https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeronautica_Lombarda_A.R.
S.A.I. Ambrosini  A.R., Italian flying bomb | Secret Projects Forum
Aeronautica Lombarda AR AR
1942, Operazione Canarino Cantù e il kamikaze dei cieli - Cultura e Spettacoli
Aeronautica Lombarda Assalto Radioguidato - Velivoli Storici - Aerei Militari Forum
https://army1914-1945.org.pl/wlochy2/using-joomla/samoloty-regia-arenautica/nurkowce-i-szturmowce/98-samolot-bomba-aeronautica-lombarda-a-r
https://www.wikiwand.com/ru/Aeronautica_Lombarda_A.R.
https://drone-catalog.ru/product/aereonautica-lombarda-ar-бомбардировщик/
Armi avanzate della Seconda Guerra Mondiale/Italia 3 - Wikibooks, manuali e libri di testo liberi
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STORMO! LF Models 1/72 Aeronautica Lombarda A.R. by Richard Mendes
Aeronautica Lombarda AR : Italy (ITA)

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+1 because I want to see how they will implement this!

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+1 very unique for italy yes

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I had no idea that Italy had created such a plane.

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Goofy +1 :)

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