Saab J32E Lansen: Good Doggie.

The not very well-known Lansen (Lance) was the second generation (or 1 & 1/2, maybe) jet designed by Saab company in the early 1950’s. The Flygvapnet was looking for a attack aircraft to replace their J/A21R’s and wartime vintage Mosquitoes. This yet elegant swept-wing design was conceived to be powered by the indigenous STAL Dovern. Sadly, due to time contrivances the Lansen had to make do with license-built Rolls-Royce Avon instead becoming a bit underpowered in the process. Anyway, first flown in 1955 the different variants (attack, all-weather fighter, sea recon/attack and ECM) of J32’s proved to be highly effective, with good serviceability rates and precise weaponry. Very Swedish all.

Looking every bit like a huge hound here, this ECM configured J32E of the F16 (Uppsala) on static display, 2001. Those 4 × 30 mm ADEN “holes” certainly mean business…, when they were installed.


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