1940’s

1948 - First order of Carl Gustaf

The Carl-Gustaf 84mm recoilless rifle system has a long and successful history, and has successively been modernized and adapted to meet new requirements.

A true multi-role, man-portable shoulder-fired weapon, the system is in use in more than 40 countries worldwide. With the Carl-Gustaf M3 version, Saab offers state-of-the-art capability for demanding customers investing in the future.

 

1948 - Lansen is conceived

At the end of 1948, the Swedish Air Force decided that it also wanted a very high-performance, single-engined, two-seat aircraft for ground attack, reconnaissance and night fighting. Named the Saab 32 Lansen, the new aircraft was to be Sweden’s first "weapons system" and marked Saab’s entry into the electronic age.  

 

1948 - The Tunnan flies

The Saab J29 Tunnan jet fighter made its maiden flight in 1948. It embodied the latest technologies of its time and was the first Western European fighter with a swept wing. Maximum speed of the first version was 1,035 km/h, which made the famously nicknamed "Flying Barrel" one of the fastest aircraft in the world. In 1954 and 1955, it set two world speed records. 

 

1947 - Saab 90 Scandia is introduced

Continuous improvements were made to the J21 and a bomb-carrying version, the J21A-3, made its debut in May 1947. In all, 298 J21s were built. The last of these was retired from Swedish Air Force service on 23 July 1954, although the J21R continued to fly until 4 April 1957. 

 

1946 - The first Saab car

In 1946, another civil project emerged – the Saab 92, a front-wheel-drive car with a transversely mounted two-cylinder, two-stroke engine and a pure aerodynamic body that could only have emerged from the Linköping wind tunnel. It set the style of Saab cars for the next 30 years.

 

1944 - Saab enters the civil aircraft market

By 1944 Saab had embarked on two civil aircraft projects – the Saab 90 Scandia, a twin-engined airliner, and the Saab 91 Safir, a single-engined trainer and private tourer. The Safir became a real success story and, in all, 323 aircraft were built for delivery to 21 countries. 

 

1943 - Introduction of Aircraft 21 and J21

In July, Aircraft 21, an interceptor and strike aircraft of radical design with a pusher propeller and twin-boom tail configuration, made its maiden flight. 

 

1941 - First B 17 was delivered

The B-17 saw active duty in 1942, and was the first aircraft manufactured by Saab.