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Saab Gripen JAS 39 (Sweden)

The Saab gripen is the newest Swedish fighter jet which has been developed by the Saab Industries for the Swedish Air Force (See Defence Industry). The gripen has replaced the saab draken and saab viggen in the Swedish Air Force.
Design organisation Saab (Sweden)
Main secundary design organisations  
Production organisaton Saab
Primary task  
Specials 4++ generation fighter jet
Type aircraft  
Length 14.1 meters, 14.8 (2-seat)
Height 4.5 meters
Wingspan 8.4 meters
Aspect ratio  
Sweep back  
Engines 1x Volvo Aero Corporation RM12 turbofan (F404)
Thrust 80 kN (18,000lbs) with afterburner
Weight (empty)  
Weight (start, maximum, MTOW) 14.000 kgs
Weight (landing, maximum, MLW)  
Required runway length (start)  
Required runway length (landing)  
Cruise speed  
Maximum speed mach 2
Maximum range  
Fuel capacity  
Air-to-air-refueling + capacity  
Passengers none
Payload none
Armament Possible combination of:

- air-to-air
- air-to-ground
- air-to-surface
Maximum weapon load  
Maximum G resistance  
Radar Ericsson PS-05/A radar
Type flight controls Triple, digital fly-by-wire
Landing gear tricycle landing gear (2 main gears with each 1 tire, 1 nose gear with 2 tires)
Versions JAS A, JAS, B, JAS C, JAS D
Manufactured 207
Crew JAS A + C: 1
JAS B + D: 2
Overall flight hours  
First flight  
First delivery  
Operational since 1997
Successor of  
Replaced by  
Comparable aircraft Rafale, Eurofighter
Operators (current and future) Sweden, Chez Republic, South-Africa, Hungary, Thailand
Main operators  
Amphibious usage No
Status In operational service

Other countries

- Swiss is seriously interesting. Maybe to replace their F-18 Hornets.
- the Netherlands were interested to replace it with the current F-16 fleet in the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
- India was interested but they will not buy the fighter jet
- Hungary has bought 14 one-person and 2 two-persons aircrafts. On 16 February 2005 the manufacturing of the first aircraft for Hungary was completed.
- South-Africa has ordered 19 one-person and 9 two-person aircraft. The delivery will start in november 2005


Czech Republic
The Czech Republic has JAS-39C/D fighter jets. They have a maximum speed of 2400km/h and a Bk-27 27mm canon which can fire between the 1100 and 1700 shots a minute.

In october 2007, Thailand's Council for National Security (CNS) reported that Thailand would buy 14 Saab Gripens.
In 2008, Thailand ordered 12 Gripens.
In 2011, the first batch of 6 Gripen C/Ds was delivered to the Royal Thai Air Force.
Swedish Air Force Saab Gripen JAS 39C
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Last updated: 18 January 2014