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