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  • It takes two years to build a Gripen fighter (but it can be done faster if necessary) or approximately 50 000 working hours.

  • Without its rivets and bolts, there are a total of approximately 60 000 components.

  • Gripen C has a General Electric F 404J/RM12 modified by Volvo Aero, and Gripen E has a General Electric F414G engine.

  • Gripen C is today the backbone of several air forces around the world and has also proven its capabilities during missions like UN operations and European NATO air policing. The latest upgrades, now operational in Sweden, includes for example full integration of the Meteor BVRAAM (Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile).

    Gripen E is a new fighter aircraft system, developed with the operational objective to counter and defeat the most advanced future threats in a very complex environment. Gripen E has a revolutionary avionics system, a new and more powerful engine, improved range performance and the ability to carry greater payloads. It also has a new AESA-radar, InfraRed Search and Track system, highly advanced electronic warfare and communication systems together with superior situational awareness. 

  • An air-to-air combat set-up takes only 10 minutes to perform, including refueling and rearming.

  • Yes, Gripen can operate from runways only 16 x 800 metres in length.