|JAS 39A/B Gripen|
|Passengers||1 (Two Seat versions)|
|Produced||202 (as of 2008)|
|Length||14,10 m||46 ft 3 in|
|Wingspan||8,40 m||27 ft 7in|
|Height||4,70 m||14 ft 9in|
|Wing area||25,54 m²||275 sq ft|
|Empty||6800 kg||12,346 lb|
|Loaded||8,720 kg||19,224 lb|
|Maximum takeoff||14,000 kg|
|Power (each)||5.507 kg st (dry) 8,212 kg st (afterburn)||12,141 lb st (dry) 18,105 lb st (afterburn)|
|Maximum speed||2.130 km/h (Mach 2+)|
|Cruising speed||Mach 1.2–1.4 (Gripen NG)|
|Ceiling||15240 m||50,000 ft|
|Rate of climb||254 m/s||50,000 ft/min|
The Saab JAS 39 Gripen is a Swedish fourth-generation fighter built by aerospace company Saab. It is a single engine, multirole-fighter designer for a single pilot. The C and D versions feature a longer canopy made for two persons.
Development of the JAS 39 began in 1980, with Saab forming Industri Gruppen JAS,[N 1] to develop an affordable and capable multi-role fighter to replace the various members of the Viggen family. Stig Holmstrom carried out the first flight on 9th December 1988, with the first complete systems prototype, Gripen no. 3, flying in March 1991. However, problems soon emerged with the FBW flight control system, which were not resolved until 1995. Initial operational capability was achieved in 1997, and by the end of 2000, some 100 examples had entered service with Sweden. A further 28 examples for South Africa comprised the first export order.
JAS means Fighter, Attack, Reconnaissance.
- ↑ Jakt/Attack/Spaning (Fighter/Attack/Reconnaisance)