DATABASE: Saab 37 Viggen Technical Details


Design and construction of the stunning double-delta

Taking the JA 37 as the exemplar, it was almost entirely constructed of metal, with some areas using heat-resistant plastic bonding. The engine firewall and some other areas were built from titanium. The fuselage included space for a nose-mounted radar, nose landing gear, a pressurised cockpit, and engine compartment. The nosecone could be pulled forward for ease of access to the PS-46/A pulse-Doppler radar. The cockpit included a single, fully adjustable ejection seat, rearward-hinged clamshell canopy and bird-proof windscreen. Four airbrakes were fitted, two on each side of the fuselage and two on the lower section.

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