The Gripen E is said to have 20% more thrust, greater fuel capacity, more pylons, in-flight refueling capability, increased take-off weight, and still cost significantly less than the F-35.
The next generation Gripen, the Gripen E, is built to adapt to changing threats and operational requirements that modern air forces face.
Based on the proven Gripen C/D platform, the Gripen E (also referred to as Gripen E/F) carry this heritage and continues to be one of the most advanced multi-role fighters in the world – revolutionary because it combines advanced technology and operational effectiveness in an affordable package that no other fighter aircraft can even hope to match.
Gripen E has weapons for all types of mission, from guided glide bombs for precision engagement with low collateral damage, to long-range and agile air-to-air missiles and heavy anti-ship armaments. Additionally, the aircraft has an inherent precision strike and stand-off capability.
The single-seat Gripen E is equipped with a 27 mm Mauser BK27 gun. This can be used in air-to-surface attacks against land and sea targets and is suitable for air policing missions. Gripen NG can also carry pods and sensors for reconnaissance and special missions. These include Litening, Reccelite, DJRP and MRPS pods.
It is one of the easiest aircraft of its kind to add new weapons to. This makes it a favourite among weapons companies as they can quickly and easily use Gripen for development. For example, it was selected for testing the Meteor missile. This benefits users, as new armaments are available to them more quickly compared to other aircraft.
Gripen E offers operational dominance and flexibility with superior mission survivability. Air-to-air superiority is guaranteed with METEOR, AMRAAM, IRIS-T, AIM-9 missile capability and supercruise. Air-to-surface capability is assured through the use of the latest generation precision weapons and targeting sensors. Gripen E’s superior situation awareness is ensured through an AESA radar, IRST passive sensor, HMD, cutting-edge avionics, next generation data processing and a state-of-the-art cockpit.
NETWORK CENTRIC WARFARE
Together with proven Network Centric Warfare capabilities including advanced data communications, dual data links, satellite communications and video links, make Gripen E the ideal independent fighter of choice. On-board sensors, in combination with HMD/NVG, deliver the ability to detect and destroy a wide variety of targets, even at night or in poor weather conditions.
TECHNICAL DETAILS FOR GRIPEN E
|Length over all||15.2 meters|
|Width over all||8.6 meters|
|Maximum take off weight||16500 kg|
|Max thrust||98 kN|
|Maximum speed||Mach 2 (Supercruise)|
|Combat turnaround air-to-air||10 minutes|
The Gripen data link system (TIDLS), along with a Link 16 or National Data Link provide the following capabilities:
- Data link within the Tactical Air Unit
- Data link between Gripen E, AEW&C and C2 centries on ground or at sea
- Data link with Forward Air Controller