JAS stands for “Jakt, Attack och Spaning”, which means “hunting, attack, and reconnaissance” in Swedish. This makes it clear that the Gripen (English: “griffin”) is a Swedish multi-purpose fighter aircraft. Since production began in 1987, about 250 jets have been built. In addition to the Swedish home market, South Africa, Thailand, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Brazil are buyers of the fighter jet.
The single-jet delta wing (the two wings form a triangle) is one of the lightweights of its profession. It cannot keep up with two-engined competitors such as the Eurofighter Typhoon. The Gripen has other talents though. Even in winter, for example, makeshift tracks, motorways, and unpaved roads are sufficient for take-off and landing. It is also very reliable and easy to maintain.
A Hungarian Air Force Gripen will show AIRPOWER19 what it can do. The Gripen can also be admired in the static display
Facts & Figures
Manufacturer Saab
Length 14.10m
Height 4.50m
Wingspan 8.40m
Weight 6,800kg
Max. Take-off weight 14,000kg
Maximum speed Mach 2 / 2,130km/h
Service ceiling 15,240m / 50,000ft
Engine 1x Volvo Aero RM12
Thrust 80kN (with afterburner)
Crew 1
Flying and static display
AIRPOWER19

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