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Saab Draken J35A (Sweden)

The J35A Saab Draken draken has been developed by the Swedish Saab Industries. The fighter jet was in use by: Sweden 540 aircraft, Denmark 65 aircraft, Finland 65 aircraft and Austria 54 aircraft.
The characteristic by the saab draken is the delta model. This means that the trunk and wings are one. Because of this the aircraft is less maneuverable then other jets. Other characteristic are the 2 Volvo Flygmotor RM 6C engines which are assembled on the romp.

Austria has replaced the saab drakens by 15 eurofighters tranche 2. In the mean time, Austria leased a few F-5 Tigers from the Swiss air force.


Design organisation Saab
Main secundary design organisations  
Production organisaton Saab, Sweden
Primary task  
Type aircraft 2nd generation fighter jet
Length 15.8 meters
Height 3.9 meters
Wingspan 9.4 meters
Wing surface 50 m2
Aspect ratio 1.77
Sweep back 80 degrees
Engines 1x Rolls Royce RB146 with afterburner
Weight (empty)  
Weight (start, maximum, MTOW) 9,000 kgs
Weight (landing, maximum, MLW)  
Required runway length (start)  
Required runway length (landing) 1200 meters, 600 meters (with parachute)
Cruise speed 950 km/h
Maximum speed Mach 2
Maximum range  
Fuel capacity  
Air-to-air-refueling capability  
Passengers none
Payload none
Armament Possible combination of
- 2x 30mm board canon
- 7.5 cm Bofors air-to-air missiles
- 13.5 cm rockets
- AIM-9 Sidewiner
- Falcon missiles
Maximum weapon load  
Maximum G resistance  
Radar Doppler radar
Avionics TACAN
Type flight controls  
Landing gear  
Versions Saab 35B, 35D, 35E, 35F
Manufactured +/- 650
Crew 1 or 2
Overall flight hours  
First flight 1955
First delivery  
Operational since 1959
Successor of Saab 29, Saab 32
Replaced by Saab Viggen, Saab Gripen, Eurofighter
Comparable aircraft  
Operators (current and future) Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden
Main operators Sweden
Amphibious usage No
Status Out of operational service

Saab draken in former service with the Austrian Air Force
Sweden Sweden Austria
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Last updated: 18 January 2014