32C - SAAB 32 Lansen (1958-1979)
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SAAB started in 1946 to design a
jet aircraft as a replacement to the propeller attack-, night fighter
and reconnaissance aircraft
used in the Swedish Air Force. The result was the SAAB 32 Lansen (the
Lance), a two-seated aircraft with swept wings (29 degrees).
The first test flight with the first of four Lansen
prototypes was taken place in September 1952. The first produced version
was the attack aircraft designated A
32A. This version was powered with a license-built Rolls-Royce Avon
RA 7R engine. In Sweden, the engine was designated RM
5A2. The thrust was 3.460 kp. With the Swedish-developed reheat, a
thrust of 4.700 kp could be obtained. The Lansen was also made in an
all-weather fighter version, J
32B, and photo reconnaissance version,
S 32C. The J 32B (“Lansen Sport”) had a stronger engine – RM
6A - than the two other variants. The reconnaissance version were
based on the A 32A design and had similar performance. It had generally
the same electronic equipment as the A 32A, but the radar was changed to
the improved PS-431/A design. This radar was particularly suited for sea
The four cannons in the nose were replaced by a
camera bay, where up to six cameras could be installed. A typical
installation consisted of one SKA 15 camera for general views, two SKA
23 cameras for missions at high altitudes, three SKA 16 cameras for low
altitudes and one FL S2 camera sight. Twelve flares could be carried for
Under the fuselage an egg shaped extra fuel tank of
600 litres could be fitted. This tank could not be dropped.
Of the 456 Lansen aircraft built, 45 (including one prototype) were built. They were all based at the Reconnaissance Wing F 11 at Nyköping. A few S 32Cs were on loan 1959-1961 to our most northern Air Force Wing, F 21 at Kallax near Luleå.
Photos at top and below: S 32C # 32912 at Nyköping, May 1968.
Length 14,94 m. Span 13,00 m. MTOW 11.063 kg. Max. speed 1.125 km/h.