Saab 36

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Saab 36
Saab 1300-71D Vindtunnelmodell.jpg
Saab Project 1300
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Saab
Status Cancelled project
Number built none

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.[1] 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)[edit]

General characteristics

  • 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

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. ^ "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) .