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JAS 39C Gripen  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1997
Total Production: 225
Unitary Cost: SEK367 million   (USD$41 million)
Also Known As: Gripen C, Gripen N and JAS 39A Gripen
Origin: Sweden
Corporations: Saab
Parent System: JAS 39 Gripen
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1997
Total Production: 306
Family Members: JAS 39D Gripen, JAS 39E Gripen and JAS 39F Gripen
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Description: The Saab JAS 39 Gripen is a supersonic, multi-role fighter combining high performance, high maneuverability, and fully integrated information and weapon systems. The Gripen aircraft employs an advanced delta wing and canard fore planes aerodynamic configuration which ensures maneuverability at all speeds, altitudes and weapon loads. In addition, the flight control system ensures that the aircraft is easier and safer to fly than previous generation fighters. Its radar provides look-down shoot-sown capability and the IR-OTIS sensor provides Infrared search and track capability. To date Sweden (204), South Africa (28), Hungary (14?) and Thailand have selected the Gripen multi-role fighter for their Air Forces.

The Gripen can be armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder or IRIS-T missiles for short range air-to-air engagements, for multiple medium range engagements the AMRAAM missile can be employed. RBS-15, Maverick and DWS 39 weapons are available for air-to-surface missions. In addition, the Brimstone, Taurus and Meteor missiles, as well as new avionics and equipment, could be integrated within years enhancing the Gripen mission options and roles. The Gripen also features reduced costs of ownership and operation, as well as high availability and reliability.

The JAS 39C Gripen was introduced in 2002 featuring some improvements such as air refueling, color displays, oxygen generators, strengthened wing structures, software improvements and new external hard-point types. The new standard is specially aimed at the export market. All new production single-seater Gripens to be delivered to the Swedish Air Force from 2002 will be C models. On 14 June, 2004, Saab and the Czech Republic government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the lease of 14 new production C-standard Gripen fighters for a 10-year period. The first aircraft will be delivered to the Czech Air Force in 2005 with Saab assuming full responsibility for maintenance services of Czech Gripens during the lease period.

On October 18, 2004, the maiden flight of the first Gripen intended for the export market occurred at Satenas Air Force Base, western central Sweden. The aircraft, a single-seat JAS 39C, was marked with Czech colors and will be delivered to the Czech Air Force in April 2005. On 30 March 2006 Saab handed over the first five Gripen aircraft (3C + 2D) from a lease and purchase agreement on 12 single-seat Gripen C and 2 dual-seat Gripen D to the Hungarian Air Force at the Kecskémet air base. The remaining nine Gripen C single-seat aircraft were expected to be delivered progressively until December 2007.

JAS 39C Gripen Specifications

Crew: 1
Number of Engines: 1
Height: 4.50 meter (14.8 foot)
Length: 14.1 meter (46 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 27 millimeter
Wingspan: 8.40 meter (27.6 foot)
Cruise Speed: 1.10 mach (1,315 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 2 mach (2,391 kph)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 18,100 pound (8,210 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 14,000 kilogram (30,864 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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JAS 39C Gripen News

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27 Oct 2003 and 21 Jun 2018
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Thursday, June 21, 2018Thailand Orders Another Batch of IRIS-T Air-to-Air Missiles
Tuesday, September 12, 2017Saab Launches Gripen Aggressor Concept
Monday, July 11, 2016Meteor Air-to-Air Missile Enters Service with Swedish Air Force
Gripen MS20 Standard Enters Service with Swedish Air Force
Tuesday, December 22, 2015Saab Awarded Contract for Gripen Countermeasures Dispensers
Tuesday, April 28, 2015Swedish Air Force Gripen C/D Receive Upgraded PS-05/A Mk4 Radar
Thursday, December 11, 2014Czech Air Force to Operate 14 Leased Gripen C/D Jets Until 2027
Monday, September 8, 2014IRIS-T Missile Program Reaches 4,000th Unit Produced Milestone
Monday, July 7, 2014Meteor Air-to-Air Missile Concludes Integration with Gripen C/D
Friday, May 16, 2014Czech Republic Extends Gripen C/D Contract with Sweden Until at Least 2027

Operators & Related Equipment

2015111 crashed
Apr 201995C/D variants
2017114all variants
201696all variants
201497all variants
2013112all variants
2012134all variants
2011110all versions
2009130all versions
2007138JAS 39A (82) and JAS 39C (56)
2006123JAS 39A (83) and JAS 39C (40)
Two aircraft ordered in 2008 and another six ordered in December 2010

Grand Total 2255
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