SAAB Gripen STOL Capabilities
The Saab JAS 39 "Gripen" (Griffin or "Gryphon") is a fighter aircraft manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab. Gripen International acts as a prime contracting organisation and is responsible for marketing, selling and supporting the Gripen fighter around the world. The aircraft is in service with the Swedish Air Force, the Czech Republic Air Force and the Hungarian Air Force, and has been ordered by the South African Air Force. General characteristics Crew: 1--2 Length: 14.1 m (46 ft 3 in) Wingspan: 8.4 m (27 ft 7 in) Height: 4.5 m (14 ft 9 in) Wing area: 25.54 m (274.9 ft) Empty weight: 6,620 kg (14,600 lb) Loaded weight: 8,720 kg (19,200 lb) Max takeoff weight: 14,000 kg (31,000 lb) Powerplant: 1× Volvo Aero RM12 (GE F404) afterburning turbofan, 54 kN dry, 80 kN with afterburner (12,000 lbf / 18,100 lbf) Wheel track: 2.4 m (7 ft 10 in) Performance Maximum speed: Mach 2 Range: Combat radius 800 km, (500 mi), (430 NM). () Service ceiling: 15,000 m (50,000 ft) Rate of climb: m/s (ft/min) Wing loading: 341 kg/m² (70,3 lb/ft²) Thrust/weight: 0.94 Armament 1 × 27 mm Mauser BK-27 cannon 6 × Rb 74 or Rb 98 4 × Rb 99, Rb 71, MICA or Meteor 4 x Rb 75 2 x KEPD 350 4 x laser-guided bomb 4 x CRV7 rocket pod 2 x Rb 15F anti-ship missile 2 x Bk 90 cluster bomb
VIGGEN. . . BY SAAB! (airshowvision)
Here is one of the most awesome warplanes of the Cold War - the SAAB Viggen fighter and attack jet of the Swedish Air Force - this one the sole remaining airworthy example from the Swedish Historic Flight. Sweden was neutral in the Cold War but was in a vunerable position in the World and as such developed a huge air force to defend itself from both the Russians and the Americans as a precaution. This display is from the Waddington Airshow in Lincolnshire, England in July 2014, and was very much one of the highlights of the day.