Model Variants (Including Prototypes)
P-43 "Lancer" - Base Series Designation
YP-43 - Developmental designation; 13 examples completed.
P-43 - Initial production model based on YP-43; 2 x 0.50 cal with 2 x 0.30 cal machine gun armament; 54 examples.
P-43A - Second production model; 4 x 0.50 cal armament fitted; PW R-1830-49 radial engine; 80 examples.
P-43A-1 - Chinese export model; self-sealing fuel tanks; centerline bomb /fuel tank provision; 4 x 0.50 cal machine gun armament; 125 examples.
P-43B - Photo-reconnaissance model with camera equipment in tail unit; 150 conversions from A- and A-1-models.
P-43C - Photo-reconnaissance model with different camera equipment fitted; two conversions from P-43A model.
P-43D - Photo-reconnaissance model; PW R-1830-47 engine; six conversions from P-43A stock.
P-43E - Proposed photo-reconnaissance model; PW R-1830-47; to be based on P-43A-1 model series.
RP-43 - "Restricted from Combat" models from 1942 onward.
P-44 "Rocket" - Proposed advanced fighter form with PW R-2180-1 "Twin Hornet" 1,400 horsepower engine; evolved to become the P-47 Thunderbolt.