The Saab 32 Lansen (meaning the Lance) was a two-seater, high transsonic aircraft produced by SAAB from 1955 to 1960 for the Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet).
This model depicts the J32B Larsen, the all-weather fighter version.
The Flygvapnet had long relied on foreign equipment for it all weather interceptors. However, a special version of the Lansen was developed to replace the ageing J33 de Havilland Venoms that were serving as all-weather fighters at the time.
The fighter version of the Lansen received a more powerful engine (the RM6A, with 40 % more thrust), improved armament (four 30mm cannons replacing eh 20mm cannons in teh A32A) and improved avionics. The J32B was delivered to four air wings, F1 in Vasterls, F4 in Ostersund, F12 in Kalmar and F21 in Lulel. In active service, it was replaced by later versions of the J35 Draken. After its career on the front line, it remained in servcie with the Flygvopnet for close to 40 more years, being used as target tug (J32D) and for electronice warfare (J32E). The J32 Lansen is nowadays an important part of the Swedish Air Force Historical Wing, but is still occasionally called upon by the Swedish government to collect radiation samples.
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