Air Ministry Specification G.4/31 called for a General Purpose aircraft, capable of level bombing, army co-operation, dive bombing, reconnaissance, casualty evacuation and torpedo bombing. The Vickers Type 253 won against the Fairey G.4/31, Westland PV-7, Handley Page HP.47, Armstrong Whitworth AW.19, Blackburn B-7, Hawker PV-4 and the Parnell G.4/31.
One prototype Fairey G.4/31 was built, first flown on 29 March 1934.
Engine; 1 x 750hp Armstrong Siddeley Tiger IV
Take-off weight; 3991 kg / 8799 lb
Empty weight; 3172 kg / 6993 lb
Wingspan; 16.15 m / 52 ft 12 in
Length; 12.45 m / 40 ft 10 in
Height; 4.78 m / 15 ft 8 in
Wing area; 61.13 sq.m / 658.00 sq ft
Max. Speed; 253 km/h / 157 mph
Ceiling; 7071 m / 23200 ft
Armament; 2 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 1 x 450kg or 3 x 227kg bombs or 1 torpedo