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Saab JAS 39

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The Saab JAS 39 Gripen is a light single-engine multirole fighter aircraft manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab.
It was designed to replace the Saab 35 Draken and 37 Viggen in the Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet).
The Gripen has a delta wing and canard configuration with relaxed stability design and fly-by-wire flight controls.
It is powered by the Volvo RM12, and has a top speed of Mach 2.
Later aircraft are modified for NATO interoperability standards and to undertake air to air refuelling.

In 1979, the Swedish government began development studies for an aircraft capable of fighter, attack and reconnaissance missions to replace the Saab 35 Draken and 37 Viggen.
A new design from Saab was selected and developed as the JAS 39, first flying in 1988.

Following two crashes during flight development and subsequent alterations to the aircraft’s flight control software, the Gripen entered service with the Swedish Air Force in 1996.
Upgraded variants, featuring more advanced avionics and adaptations for longer mission times, began entering service in 2003.

A further version, designated Gripen JAS 39E/F, is under development as of 2014; it has been referred to as Gripen NG or Super-JAS.
The changes include the adoption of a new powerplant, the General Electric F414G, an active electronically scanned array radar, and significantly increased internal fuel capacity.
Saab has proposed other derivatives, including a navalised Gripen Maritime for carrier operations and an optionally manned aircraft for unmanned operations.
Sweden and Brazil have ordered the Gripen E/F and Switzerland initially selected it for procurement.
As of 2013, more than 247 Gripens have been built.

The Saab JAS 39 Gripen is a light single-engine multirole fighter aircraft manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab.
It was designed to replace the Saab 35 Draken and 37 Viggen in the Swedish Air Force.

A further version, designated Gripen JAS 39E/F, is under development as of 2014; it has been referred to as Gripen NG or Super-JAS.
The changes include the adoption of a new powerplant, the General Electric F414G, an active electronically scanned array radar, and significantly increased internal fuel capacity.
Sweden and Brazil have ordered the Gripen E/F and Switzerland initially selected it for procurement.

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Last update: 29 april 2020