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.
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)
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)
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
SUPER DEADLY Swedish Navy SAAB RBS15 MK3 Anti Ship Missile
The RBS-15 (Robotsystem 15) is a long-range fire-and-forget
surface-to-surface and air-to-surface, anti-ship missile. The later version
Mk. III has the ability to attack land targets as well. The missile was
developed by the Swedish company Saab Bofors Dynamics.
The Swedish Navy was pioneering anti-ship missiles with the Halland Class
of destroyers using the RB08 missile since the early 1960s. Owing to the
Defence decision of 1958 the main effect for the navy was a restructuring
into a lighter force consisting of FAC vessels and a halt to destroyer
procurement. This posed a problem as the existing RB08 missile required
launch rails and a missile magazine in the destroyers, taking up space that
was simply not there on smaller ships. Adding to the problems, each missile
had to be individually prepared for launch and only two missiles could be
on the launch rails at the same time. In comparison, the STYX missile used
by the Soviet Union (which was the expected adversary) stored the missiles
in individual containers on deck which left the missiles immediately
available for launch. Tests were carried out on Plejad class FACs with a
single bow mounted RB08 in the late 1960s, but these tests came to nothing.
Next attempt by SAAB to take an order for anti-ship missiles to equip the
Norrköping class FACs of the Swedish navy was first presented in 1978 as
under the project name "RB 04 turbo" a
development of the air force RB 04E missile with a turbofan engine changed wing configurations and
start rockets to take off from land. The initial proposal was rejected as
inferior to the Harpoon. The project under the leadership of Hans Ahlinder
then worked out a proposal for a missile with greater capabilities and
superior performance to the Harpoon. As a way to indicate that it was a new
weapon the project name was changed from "RB 04 turbo" to "RBS-15"
The first weapon contract was signed in 1979, at the last minute the
Swedish government had opted not to buy the Harpoon anti-ship missile and
opting for an indigenous design. The first missiles were delivered to the
Navy in June 1984, and the ship version RBS-15 Mk. I was introduced.
The missile had been ordered in 1984 by the Swedish Navy to develop a
coastal defense version of the RBS-15F. The missile was taken into Swedish
Navy service as the Rb 15 by the Swedish Navy and became operational in
1985. The Swedish Air Force received their missiles a couple of years
later. The Mk. I was produced from 1985 to 1990.
Work on a further developed version, the RBS-15 Mk. II, was initiated in
the early 1980s. But it took until 1994, before a development contract was
signed for the upgraded anti-ship missile. The Mk. II has the same range
(70+ km), but the mid-course and terminal guidance system, as well as the
radar and IR signature were upgraded. The Mk. II has been produced since
The development of the RBS-15 Mk. III began in the mid-1990s. Emphasis was
put on increased range (due to larger fuel capacity and new fuel the range
has been increased to some 200 km), improved accuracy (integrated GPS) and
selectable priority targeting, which improved the weapon system's
flexibility. The Mk. III missile will also be produced by Diehl BGT Defence
of Germany for the new class of German stealth corvettes, and is likely to
be later used on other German Navy vessels as well. Finnish truck maker
Sisu produces missile launch trucks for RBS-15. The Mk. III has been in
production since 2004.
The missile was developed from the RB 04 missile that was used by the
Swedish air force. The front of the missile was retained, including the
warhead, but the rear received new wings and a turbofan engine replaced the rocket previously
used. The RBS-15 underwent trials on the missile FAC HMS Piteå from 1983
and became operational with the Swedish Navy in 1985. The Västergötland
class submarines were projected to have 4 vertical missile launch tubes for
RBS-15 missiles in an extended hull but this was canceled due to budget
constraints and it didn't fit the way Swedish submarines operated.
Powered by a French Microturbo TRI-60
engine, with a thrust of 3.73 kN (380 khp/830 lbf). Range 70+ km
An Mk. I adapted for air launch. Entered service in 1989.
RBS-15 Mk. II
Range 70+ km. Designed to be launched from a number of different platforms,
such as land-based launchers, aircraft, and ships.
Mk. II version for Finland. Local designation MTO 85 (Meritorjuntaohjus
RBS-15 Mk. III
 Range 200 km, with land attack capability. There is only a ship
launched version. Production started in 2004. New Oval launch tubes instead
of the old box type.
Both new Mk. IIIs and upgraded Mk. IIs, which have been upgraded to Mk. III
standard. Finnish designation MTO 85M
RBS-15 Mk. IV
Currently being developed. Incorporates dual seekers, has a longer range
and new missile link system.
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.
AJ 37 Viggen - Show Must Go On
A video dedicated to the AJ 37 Viggen and other variants, recorded by the
10th swedish fighter wing, when they abandoned the JA 37 Viggen in favor of
the new JAS 39 Gripen. The band playing the song by Queen, "The Show Must
Go On", is a cover band consisting of fighter pilots of the 10th fighter
wings Viggen squadron.
Viggen-kollision (English subtitles)
Ljudupptagning från två Viggenplan som kolliderar. Händelsen inträffade
Oktober 1996. Flygplanen kom från Jämtlands flygflottilj F4.
A fighter pilot tells of when he collided with another fighter. The
subtitles are done with Google translate so it's not the best.
It happened in October 1996 Sweden.
The aircraft is Saab 37 Viggen. The moving pictures are not from the date
when the plan crashed.