Designed by Alfred Renard as a replacement for the Fairey Firefly in service with the Aviation Militaire, the R-36 was flown for the first time on 5 November 1937.
An advanced low-wing single-seat fighter, the R-36 with Hispano-Suiza engine was exhibited at the 1937 Brussels Aero Show.
Of all-metal construction and carrying an armament of one engine-mounted 20mm cannon and four wing-mounted 7.7mm machine guns, the R-36 was powered by a 910hp Hispano-Suiza 12Ycrs 12-cylinder Vee-type liquid-cooled engine. Various modifications were introduced during the test programme - notably the relocation of the radiator bath and the enlargement of the rudder.
Late in 1938, the government took an option on a batch of 40 aircraft. The loss of the prototype on 17 January 1939 resulted in the programme being placed in abeyance and then dropped when the decision was taken to procure Hawker Hurricanes.
Max take-off weight: 2470 kg / 5445 lb
Empty weight: 1770 kg / 3902 lb
Wingspan: 11.64 m / 38 ft 2 in
Length: 8.80 m / 29 ft 10 in
Height: 2.90 m / 10 ft 6 in
Wing area: 20.00 sq.m / 215.28 sq ft
Max. speed: 505 km/h / 314 mph
Range: 1000 km / 621 miles