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SAAB 32 LANSEN(Lancer "1951")​

Role Attack aircraft, Fighter aircraft, Reconnaissance aircraft
Manufacturer Saab
First flight 3 November 1951
Introduction 1956
Retired 1997
Primary user Swedish Air Force
Produced 1954–1960
Number built 450

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The Saab 32 Lansen

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The Saab 32 Lansen

The Saab 32 Lansen (English: Lance[) is a two-seat, transonic military aircraft designed and manufactured by Saab from 1955 to 1960 for the Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet). Three principal variants of the Lansen were built for attack (A 32A), fighter (J 32B), and reconnaissance (S 32C). During its long operational life, the Saab 32 also served as an electronic warfare platform and target-tug aircraft.


The Saab 32 Lansen had a simple general arrangement, being one of the first aircraft in the world to be specifically developed to fly attack missions.

Its basic design features it was designed from came from Switzerland. It included drawings on Messerschmitts P.1101, P.1110, P.1111 and P.1112. SAAB’s project manager Frid Wänström retrieved these secret papers from Switzerland to Sweden in 1945. The documents came from engineers from Messerschmitt who fled to Switzerland at the end of the Second World War.

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Saab J32 Lansen "Fighter"


A 32A
Ground-attack and maritime-strike version. 287 aircraft built between 1955 and 1957,
J 32B
All-weather fighter version initially operated only for bad weather and night fighter duties. Two prototypes and 118 production aircraft built[22] between 1958 and 1960, retired in 1973.
S 32C
Specialized maritime and photo reconnaissance version developed from A 32A. 45 aircraft built[22] between 1958 and 1959, retired in 1978. 
J 32D
Target tug version. Six J 32B were modified,[22] retired in 1997.


Crew: 2

Length: 14.94 m (49 ft 0 in)

Wingspan: 13 m (42 ft 8 in)

Height: 4.65 m (15 ft 3 in)

Empty weight: 7,500 kg (16,535 lb)

Max takeoff weight: 13,500 kg (29,762 lb)

Powerplant: 1 × Svenska Flygmotor RM6A afterburning turbojet engine, 47 kN (11,000 lbf) thrust dry, 65.3 kN (14,700 lbf) with afterburner

Maximum speed: 1,200 km/h (750 mph, 650 kn)

Range: 2,000 km (1,200 mi, 1,100 nmi)

Service ceiling: 15,000 m (49,000 ft)

Rate of climb: 100 m/s (20,000 ft/min)

Guns: 4 × 30 mm ADEN cannons 90 rounds each

Rockets: 4 × 75 mm air-to-air rocket pods

Missiles: 4 × Rb 24 air-to-air missiles

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