Saab JAS 39 Gripen, a Sweden Fighter Jet

Saab JAS 39 Gripen
Saab JAS 39 Gripen

Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin) is a fighter jet supersonics owned by Sweden and produced by Saab. It is involved to the fourth generation of multi role fighter jet nowadays. It combines the avionics systems operated by software, modern material, and advanced aerodynamic design completed with integrated systems. It can carry many weaponsinside as AIM-9, RBS-15, IRIS-T, A-Darter, AIM-120, Meteor, GBU-12, GBU-16, GBU-10, GBU-49, and MK-82.Gripen is the first jet completed by long distance missiles.

Saab JAS 39 Gripen utilizes sensor system called State of the art technology exclusive made by Sweden. By this technology, this splendid fighter jet can identify its friends or foes (IFF). It is supported by AESA technology made by ES-05 Raven. Besides, it offers the delta wings and canard which makes Gripen better in the way of flight, take off or landing. It proves by this jet can be easily landed in an emergency anvil as common road to do refuelingeven this jet already fulfilled by the air to air refueling. Gripen is supported by engine supplied from USA, General Electric F414 GE 400. It is suited to the single engine fighter. In radar, it is utilizedthe newest radar technology, Skyward G IRST,made by Selexfrom Italy. For the self defense, Gripen is provided by highly integrated electronic warfare suite and involved radar warning receiver (RWR), missile approach warning systems (MAWS), ECM and ESM which is automatically connected to chaff and flare.

As it is a single engine jet, thus the maintenance cost is very achievable than other multi role jets. Its maintenance costs is about US$4700 per hours. Thus, this jet becomes the choice of multi role fighter jet for some countries as Czech, Hungarian, Brazil, South Africa, and Thailand. Saab JAS 39 Gripen costs US$45-50 million per unit.

Country of originSweden
Entered service1996
Crew1 men
Length14,1 m
Wing span8,4 m
Height4,5 m
Weight (Empty)6,62 t
Engines1 x Volvo Aero Rm-12 Turbofan
Traction54/80,51 kN
Maximum speedMach 1,8
Cannon1 x 27 mm Mauser BK27 cannon
MissilesRb 74, Rb 99, IRIS-T air to air missiles, Rb 75 air to ground missiles, Rbs 15F anti-ship missile
BombsDWS 39 anti-armor dispenser weapon