The Saab was originally designed in the 1960s as a fast private jet for the civilian market. However, the Swedish Air Force established itself as the largest customer, using the twin-engine jet as a trainer, light fighter-bomber, reconnaissance aircraft, and liaison aircraft.
A special feature are the adjacent pilot seats and the T-tail.
At the beginning of the 1970s, the Austrian Federal Army also purchased 40 aircraft, which were equipped with the significantly stronger General Electrics J85 engines compared to the Swedish SK-60s, in order to carry external loads such as onboard cannons, rockets, or reconnaissance pods on the wings.
Facts & Figures
In Austrian military service since 1970
Max. Take-off weight: 5,700kg
Engine: 2x GE J85 17B
Power: 2x 12.6kN
Maximum speed: 970km/h
Service ceiling: 13,700m
Crew/passengers: 1+1 (passenger version: 2+2)
Flying and static display
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