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Saab JAS 39 Gripen

Saab JAS 39 Gripen of the Swedish Air Force in flight
Saab JAS 39 Gripen of the Swedish Air Force in flight

The Saab JAS 39 Gripen is a light single-engine,, single-seat multirole fighter aircraft manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab. The Gripen has a delta wing and canard configuration with relaxed stability design and fly-by-wire flight controls.

The first flight was in 1988; upgraded variants, featuring more advanced avionics and adaptations for longer mission times, began entering service in 2003.  It has a top speed of Mach 2.

It has served in a number of Air Forces, including the Swedish Air Force, Czech Air Force, Royal Thai Air Force and others.

An updated and redeveloped version, designated Gripen JAS 39E/F, also called the Gripen NG or Super JAS, began deliveries to the Swedish and Brazilian air forces in 2019.

Over 270 have been built as of 2020.

Saab JAS 39 Gripen Photos

Saab JAS 39 Gripen of the Czech Air Force (Photos by DELEHELLE Eric)
Saab JAS 39 Gripen of the Czech Air Force

Saab JAS 39 Gripen of the Czech Air Force

Saab JAS 39 Gripen of the Czech Air Force

Saab JAS 39 Gripen of the Czech Air Force

Saab JAS 39 Gripen of the Czech Air Force

Saab JAS 39 Gripens of the Czech Air Force

Saab JAS 39 Gripen of the Hungarian Air Force 59th TFW (Photo by DELEHELLE Eric)
 Saab JAS 39 Gripen of the Hungarian Air Force 59th TFW