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This page is about the Swedish strike aircraft A32A. For other versions, see SAAB 32 Lansen (Family).
A32A
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A32A
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Description

The A32A was designed and developed by the Swedish company SAAB. 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 cannons. 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 sound barrier in a dive, thus becoming the first Swedish aircraft to fly faster than the speed of sound.

Introduced in Update 1.95 "Northern Wind", the SAAB A32A Lansen is a very slow and janky aircraft. But since it is an attacker, it does not need great agility. It has ballistics computers for bombs, rockets, and its cannons. In air RB/SB, it can use its 600 kg mb m/50 bombs to destroy a full base, or destroy several ground targets in air RB. It lacks flares but it has access to two chaff pods, which may be useful against early SARH missiles. Unlike the J32, it lacks missiles, but it can still be used in air to air combat, its radar is quite powerful and can be used to locate targets through clouds and fog, and its four 20 mm cannons have a very decent ammo pool. It also has good energy retention so you can energy trap MiG-21s and other delta wing fighters with ease.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 0 m1 094 km/h
Turn time34 s
Max altitude12 500 m
EngineSvenska Flygmotor RM5A
TypeJet
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight14 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 1,088 1,084 12500 34.6 35.6 44.7 41.8 900
Upgraded 1,101 1,094 33.6 34.0 66.2 55.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1160 450 524 491 320 ~11 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 850 < 600 < 600 -

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Svenska Flygmotor RM5A 1 8,322 kg 297 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Gross
Weight
Weight (each) Type 13m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 44m fuel
1,350 kg Afterburning axial-flow turbojet 9,151 kg 9,568 kg 10,191 kg 11,084 kg 12,992 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 13m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 44m fuel MGW
Stationary 3,424 kgf 4,633 kgf 0.51 0.48 0.45 0.42 0.36
Optimal 3,424 kgf
(0 km/h)
4,908 kgf
(1,160 km/h)
0.54 0.51 0.48 0.44 0.38

Survivability and armour

Flares/Chaff
Aircraft countermeasures to distract IR and radar-guided missiles and also AA radar
Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural1 160 km/h
Gear450 km/h
  • 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

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 944 → 4 192 Sl icon.png
RB8 765 → 12 481 Sl icon.png
SB9 894 → 14 089 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications194 600 Rp icon.png
305 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 700 Ge icon.png
Crew training175 000 Sl icon.png
Experts620 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 600 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 010 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
120 / 330 / 600 % Sl icon.png
226 / 226 / 226 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Airframe
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Cost:
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Compressor
Research:
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Cost:
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Wings repair
Research:
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Cost:
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Engine
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Cover
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Cost:
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Chaff
Research:
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Cost:
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Research:
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m/61
Research:
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Cost:
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m/49B
Research:
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Cost:
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m/58
Research:
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Cost:
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m/40(250)
Research:
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Cost:
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m/51
Research:
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Cost:
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G-suit
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m/41
Research:
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Cost:
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m/49
Research:
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Cost:
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EFS
Research:
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Cost:
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m/50(600)
Research:
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Cost:
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Armaments

Ballistic Computer
CCIP (Guns) CCIP (Rockets) CCIP (Bombs) CCRP (Bombs)
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Offensive armament

Main article: Akan m/49 (20 mm)

The A32A is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm Akan m/49 cannons, nose-mounted (180 rpg = 720 total)

Suspended armament

The A32A can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
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120 kg sb m/61 bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
250 kg mb m/50 bombs 1 1 1 1 1
500 kg mb m/56 bombs 1 1 1
600 kg mb m/50 bombs 1 1 1
Brandbomb m/58 incendiary bombs 1 1 1
hprak m/49 rockets 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
psrak m/49B rockets 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
srak m/51 rockets 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Chaff 16 16
Maximum permissible loadout weight: 1,850 kg
Default weapon presets
  • Without load
  • 24 x psrak m/49B rockets
  • 24 x srak m/51 rockets
  • 12 x hprak m/49 rockets
  • 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)
  • 3 x Brandbomb m/58 incendiary bombs
  • 32 x chaff

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

Pros:

  • Good roll rate
  • Fowler flap design provides excellent lift at low speeds
  • 4 nose-mounted cannons with high rate of fire
  • Has a wide range of bombs and rockets loadouts, beneficial in ground RB
  • Radar warning receiver
  • Can equip Chaff (useful in Tank RB)

Cons:

  • 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
  • Lacks flares
  • Lacks air-to-air missiles

History

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.

A32 from the F17 air wing, 1960

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.

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Swedish Aeroplane Company Ltd. (SAAB)
Pre-SAAB: ASJA  J6B
Fighters  J21A-1 · J21A-2 · A21A-3
Jet fighters  A21RB · J21RA · J29A · A29B · J29D · J29F · J32B · J35A · J35D · JA37C · JA37D · JAS39A
Jet attackers  A32A · A32A Röd Adam · AJ37 · AJS37 · SAAB-105G · SK60B
Bombers  B17A · B17B · S17BS
Dive-bombers  B3C · B18A · B18B · T18B · T18B (57)
Export  SAAB-105OE · Saab J35XS · ▄JAS39C · ◔JAS39EBS HU C

Sweden jet aircraft
Fighters  J21RA
  J29A · A29B · J29D · J29F
  J32B
  J34
  J35A · J35D
  JA37C · JA37D
  JAS39A
Strike aircraft  A21RB
  A32A · A32A Röd Adam
  A28B
  AJ37 · AJS37
  SK60B · SAAB-105G
Export  SAAB-105OE
Finland  ▄Vampire FB 52A · ▄MiG-21bis · Saab J35XS