Armament. Two 20 mm Mauser MG 151/20 cannons (200 rounds per barrel) and two 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns (200 rounds per barrel)
According to the test results, the test pilots were almost unanimous in their opinion that the fighter should be urgently put into mass production. The Italian allies especially liked the fact that the release of the SAI 403 did not require the use of strategically important materials, since the fighter's structure was mostly wooden and could withstand significant overloads.
In the summer of 1943, SAI-Ambrosini practically formalized agreements for the licensed production of SAI 403 at the Heinkel factories in Germany and Mitsubishi in Japan, but in September, having signed a truce with the allies, the new Italian government actually split the country in two. Within a few days, the German command disarmed the Italian army and ferried most of the aircraft remaining in the occupied territory to Germany. The SAI-403 did not escape this fate, the Germans continued testing it, but already in their own test center (see photo above), where, since 1944, traces of the fighter are lost.
- Encyclopedia of Military Equipment / Aerospace Publising /
- Light Fighter - Interceptor Ambrosini S.A.I. 207 \ S.A.I. 403 "Dardo" / Andrey Krumkach /