The Saab 340 is a Swedish two-engine turboprop aircraft designed and initially produced by a partnership between Saab AB and Fairchild Aircraft in a 65:35 ratio. Under the initial plan Saab built the all aluminium fuselage and vertical stabilizer, and also performed final assembly in Linköping, Sweden, while Fairchild was responsible for the wings, empennage, and wing-mounted nacelles for the two turboprop engines. After Fairchild ceased this work, production of these parts was shifted to Sweden.
The aircraft first flew on January 25th, 1983. Production of the Saab 340 ended in 1998.
Variants[edit | edit source]
- Saab 340A
- 30- to 36-seat commuter airliner, powered by two 1,735shp (1215kW) General-Electric CT7-5A2 turboprop engines. (340A-001 to 340A-159) Available in passenger, VIP and cargo.
- Saab 340B
- 33- to 36-seat commuter airliner, powered by two 1,870shp (1394kW) General-Electric CT7-9B turboprop engines. (340B-160 to 340B-359)
- Saab Tp 100
- VIP transport version of the Saab 340B and B Plus for the Swedish Air Force.
- Saab 340B Plus
- Improved version of the Saab 340B. Some have extended wingtips. (340B-360 to 340B-459)
- Saab 340B plus SAR-200
- Maritime search and rescue version for the Republic of Japan Coast Guard. Extended Wingtips fitted.
- Saab 340AF (cargo)
- Saab 340A QC
- Quick-change freight transport version.
- TP 100A
- TP 100C
- Saab 340 AEW&C
- Airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) version
- Saab 340 MSA
- Maritime Security Aircraft for multi-role surveillance for detection, classification and identification of maritime contacts and can also be used as a Search-And-Rescue aircraft.
- Can be fitted with an auxiliary fuel tank for extended operation.
Users[edit | edit source]
- West Japan