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Saab J35 Draken

The Saab 35 Draken [Dragon] is a second generation supersonic interceptor with a distinctive double delta wing. The decision to develop the Saab 35 Draken supersonic fighter, which introduced what was perhaps the most daring chapter so far in the history of the Swedish aircraft industry, had been taken as far back as 1949. After much research including flight-testing of a 70 percent scale aircraft, the first prototype of the innovative double-delta Draken flew in late 1955 and Sweden´s first Mach 2 fighter was a reality, entering production in 1957.

The J35A Draken entered service in 1959 and was followed by five different versions for the Swedish Air Force, including the all-weather J35F with its then advanced radar, infra-red search and track system, and both radar and IR guided missiles. In all, 612 Drakens were built between 1955 and 1972. Of these, 51 were exported to Denmark, Finland assembled 12 under license and later bought a number of ex-Swedish aircraft, and Austria ordered 24 modified Drakens.

The single-seat combat aircraft has, a single engine and is equipped with two 30mm automatic cannons and Sidewinder air-to-air guided weapons. The fuselage is round with small canopy, extending beyond the trailing edge of the tail fin, which is small and is highly swept along both leading and trailing edge. Small oval air intakes are located on either side of the fuselage. There are several versions of this aircraft and the type can operate from small airfields.


Country of Origin Sweden
Builder Saab
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Wing Span30 ft 10 in (9.42 m)
Length 50 ft 04 in (15.35 m)
Height 12 ft 09 in (03.89 m)
Weight 15,000 kg
Engine Volvo Flygmotor RM 6C
max. 7900 kp thrust with afterburner
Maximum speedMach 2.0 @ 11,000 m
Cruising speed Mach 0.9
Range 1,754 nm ( 3,250 km )
Service Ceiling18,300 m
Armament Bombs, cannon, rockets, missiles
  • 2x 30mm automatic cannons
  • Sidewinder air-to-air guided weapons
  • Crew Single seat (pilot)
    User Countries
  • Sweden (540 built between 1957 and 1971)
  • Denmark and Finland (65 built)
  • Austria (24 built).
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