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Italy's Reggiane Re.2002 fighter bomber
Nickname: Ariete (ram)


Roberto Longhi and Antonio Alessio developed the Reggiane Re.2002 in mid 1940. The design used the basic structure of the Re.2001 with a modified fuselage to contain the larger radial engine.

The Reggiane Re.2002 served as an excellent fighter bomber in the Italian Air Force.


There were a total of four machine guns, two in the upper fuselage and two in the wings. A single bomb under the fuselage and two bombs in wing racks could be carried.

German Interest

Germany even saw its usefulness and was going to develop a version with a BMW (1,600 HP) engine. However, this was never produced.


In October 1940, the Reggiane Re.2002 prototype first flew. Refinements to the Re.2002 prototype took a long time and not until September 1941 did the Italian Air Force place an order for 200.


  • Reggiane Re.2002: 225
    • For Italian Air Force: 149
    • For German Air Force: 76
  • Manufacturer: Officine Meccaniche Reggiane S.p.A.


First deliveries of the Re.2002 occurred in March 1942 and these became operational in July 1943. These were used against the Allies invading Sicily.

German Use

After Italy's surrender the Germans took over around 60 of the Re.2002s. Many of these were used in France against the Maquis.

Allied Use

Around 40 of the Re.2002s were used with the Allied forces until mid 1944.


  Reggiane Re.2002
Type Fighter bomber
Crew 1
Engine (Type) Piaggio P.XIX RC 45
Cylinders Radial 14
Cooling Air
HP 1,175
Propeller blades  
Span 36' 1"
Length 26' 9"
Height 10' 4"
Wing area  
Loaded 7,150 lb
Speed @ 18,000' 329 mph
Service ceiling 34,450'
Range 684 miles
Nose 2: 12.7 mm MG
Wings 2: 7.7 mm MG
Bomb - under fuselage 924 lb
OR 1,100 lb
Bomb - wing racks 2: 325 lb


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  2. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
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