|Saab Project 1300|
The Saab 36 (also known as Projekt 1300) was a supersonic bomber planned by Saab during the 1950s. The aircraft was intended to be able to carry an 800 kg free-falling nuclear weapon, but the Swedish nuclear weapons program was cancelled in the 1960s; the plans for the bomber had been cancelled in 1957. The Saab 36 was to be fitted with delta wings, as was the Saab 35 Draken fighter. The engine was to be a version of the British Bristol Olympus turbojet, the same engine powering the Avro Vulcan jet bomber.
Specifications (as designed)
- Crew: one pilot
- Length: 17 m (55 ft 9 in)
- Wingspan: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
- Wing area: 54 m2 (581 ft2)
- Empty weight: 9,000 kg (19,840 lb)
- Gross weight: 15,000 kg (33,070 lb)
- Powerplant: 2 × Bristol Olympus, 44 kN (10,000 lbf) thrust each
- Maximum speed: Mach 2.14
- Service ceiling: 18 000 m (59 100 ft)
- 1 × 600–800 kg (1 300–1 800 lb) free-fall nuclear bomb
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- "Saab aircraft that never were", Urban's (Google Blogger) (World wide web log), SE: Canit, 2012-12-13,
The project was cancelled in 1957 and all resources concentrated on Viggen. However, it wasn't until 1966 parliament finally decided Sweden wasn't going to get nuclear weapons.[unreliable source?].
- Berns, Lennart (April 1991), "A36 – SAABs atombombare avslöjad" [SAAB atom bomber unmasked], Flygrevyn (in Swedish) (4).