|This page is about the Swedish strike aircraft A32A. For the fighter version, see J32B.|
The A32A is a rank VI Swedish strike aircraft with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB/SB) and 9.3 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.95 "Northern Wind".
The A32A "Lansen" was designed and developed by the Swedish company SAAB. The development began in 1948 and it first flew in 1952. Deliveries to the Swedish air force, Flygvapnet, began in 1954. In Flygvapnet it was used as a ground-attack aircraft, being able to carry a large array of different bombs and unguided rockets as well as four 20 mm Akan m/49 canons. It remained in service until 1978 but never saw use in combat. Powered by a license-built Rolls Royce Avon engine, locally designated the RM5, it was able to break the speed of sound in a dive, thus becoming the first Swedish aircraft to fly faster than the speed of sound.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear||Drogue chute|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 850||< 600||< 600||N/A|
|Engine name||Number||Wing loading (full fuel)|
|Svenska Flygmotor RM5A||1||8,322 kg||297 kg/m2|
|Engine characteristics||Mass with fuel (no weapons load)|| Max Takeoff|
|Weight (each)||Type||14m fuel||20m fuel||30m fuel||46m fuel|
|1,350 kg||Afterburning axial-flow turbojet||9,163 kg||9,523 kg||10,123 kg||11,084 kg||13,500 kg|
|Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)|
|Condition||100%||WEP||14m fuel||20m fuel||30m fuel||46m fuel||MTOW|
|Stationary||3,424 kgf||4,633 kgf||0.51||0.49||0.46||0.42||0.34|
|Optimal|| 3,424 kgf
| 4,899 kgf
Survivability and armour
- 10 mm Steel - Behind the pilot and radioman seats.
- 50 mm Bulletproof glass - Windscreen.
- 15 mm Steel - In front of forward pilot.
- 5 mm Steel - Below forward pilot.
- 5 mm Steel - Just in the upper front of the instrument panel.
- Self-sealing fuel tanks - 8 in each wing, 4 in the fuselage.
Modifications and economy
|CCIP (Guns)||CCIP (Rockets)||CCIP (Bombs)||CCRP (Bombs)|
The A32A is armed with:
- 4 x 20 mm Akan m/49 cannons, nose-mounted (180 rpg = 720 total)
12 x m/49B rockets
12 x 15 cm srak m/51 rockets
10 x 120 kg sb m/61 bomb
3 x 250 kg mb m/50 bomb
3 x 500 kg mb m/56 bomb
3 x 600 kg mb m/50 bomb
10 x 14,5 cm psrak m/49B rockets
10 x m/49B rockets
10 x 15 cm srak m/51 rockets
10 x 15 cm srak m/51 rockets
10 x 18 cm hprak m/49 rockets
The A32A can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- Without load
- 12 x 120 kg sb m/61 bombs (1,440 kg total)
- 5 x 250 kg mb m/50 bombs (1,250 kg total)
- 3 x 500 kg mb m/56 bombs (1,500 kg total)
- 3 x 600 kg mb m/50 bombs (1,800 kg total)
- 24 x psrak m/49B rockets
- 24 x srak m/51 rockets
- 12 x hprak m/49 rockets
- 32 x chaff
- 32 x chaff + 10 x 120 kg sb m/61 bombs (1,200 kg total)
- 32 x chaff + 3 x 250 kg mb m/50 bombs (750 kg total)
- 32 x chaff + 3 x 500 kg mb m/56 bombs (1,500 kg total)
- 32 x chaff + 3 x 600 kg mb m/50 bombs (1,800 kg total)
- 32 x chaff + 20 x psrak m/49B rockets
- 32 x chaff + 20 x srak m/51 rockets
- 32 x chaff + 10 x hprak m/49 rockets
Usage in battles
In Air Realistic Battles, the A32A can make very effective use of its available bombs. The 3 x 600 kg mb m/50 bombs deliver 480 kg of explosive mass each, which is more than enough to destroy a base at its tier. Even though the A32A has mediocre acceleration, it can generally drop its bombs on at least one base, if sufficient at avoiding Su-7s and/or Harriers. From there onwards, it's recommended to either return to the airfield, or pick off targets using the tactic described below.
An alternative route is the traditional fighter route. The aircraft has mediocre manoeuvrability compared to its tier, but has quite decent energy retention, and can be effective if used as a boom and zoom aircraft, maintaining speed as much as possible. Unlike the fighter variant, the J32, the A32 does not have missiles. This makes it entirely reliant on 4 x 20 mm cannons, which are sufficient in taking down anything that they hit. Be warned, the cannons have a finnicky placement on the bottom of the aircraft, and take some getting used to. The elevator will also lock up at high speeds, which can be a problem.
It is recommended to keep or bring all dogfights at lower altitudes. The A32A performs best relative to other aircraft closer to the deck. When spaded, the aircraft has enough manoeuvrability to allow a decent pilot to reverse pursuing hostiles and score victories.
Pros and cons
- Good climb rate
- Fast top speed
- Has 4 powerful nose-mounted cannons with high rate of fire, giving good one-second burst mass
- Good roll rate
- Fowler flap design provides excellent lift at low speeds
- Has a wide range of bombs and rockets loadouts, beneficial in tank RB
- Has decent pilot protection & airframe endurance
- Radar warning receiver
- Mediocre manoeuvrability and acceleration, almost every opponent it faces can outmanoeuvre and out-accelerate it
- Very inefficient airbrake design that requires high angle-of-attack or aggressive banking to slow down
- Large target making it easy to get hit
- Can be difficult to land as landing flaps rip above 300 km/h
- Cannons do not have great damage output, requiring precise aim
- Lack of flares
The A32A Lansen was the initial ground-attack variant of the Saab 32 'Lansen' attacker / fighter aircraft. Designed to replace the obsolete propeller-powered Saab 18, the aircraft's design was influenced by late-war German aircraft designs such as the P. 1101, P.1110, P.1111 and P.1112. The aircraft featured a conventional low-mounted swept-wing with a sleek fuselage housing a two-man crew, while the later J 32 fighter variant had a single crewmember. The A32A was introduced in 1955 with a total of 287 aircraft built for the attack role, serving until the end of the 1970s.
Following the end of the Second World War, the primary Swedish ground-attack aircraft was the obsolete Saab 18, a propeller-driven aircraft initially designed in the late 1930s. The initial design was influenced by late-war German aircraft designs such as the P. 1101, P.1110, P.1111 and P.1112, whose blueprints were given to Saab by former Messerschmitt engineers who fled to Switzerland. Among these engineers was Hermann Behrbohm, who would become a key contributor to the Saab 29, 32 and J 35 programs.
In terms of design, the A32A had a sleek fuselage with a low-mounted wing swept 35 degrees. The aircraft was powered by a Svenska Flygmotor RM5, which was a license-produced version of the Rolls-Royce Avon jet engine. This engine provided the A 32A with a thrust-to-weight ratio of ~0.3, while the later J32B fighter featured a heavily-upgraded RM6 engine producing significantly-more thrust. From the outset, the A32A was designed to house significant amounts of electronic warfare and weapons systems. The aircraft carried four 20 mm Oerlikon aircraft cannons in the nose, and could be fitted with unguided weapons including rockets and bombs up to 600 kg. The A32A could also carry two Rb 04 anti-ship missiles, one of the first cruise missiles to enter service.
In total, 287 A32A Lansens were produced for the Swedish Air Force between 1955 and 1957, replacing the Saab 18. The aircraft proved to be fairly reliable in service in terms of both aircraft and weapons systems. Additionally, the A32A was intended to carry nuclear weapons as part of Sweden's nuclear program; these plans were shelved with the end of Sweden's nuclear program. The A32A was Sweden's last dedicated ground-attack aircraft; the last airframes were phased out in the 1970s in favour of the AJ 37 Viggen.
- Related development
- J32B - Fighter variant of the aircraft.
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