JAS39A

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This page is about the Swedish jet fighter JAS39A. For the other version, see JAS39C.
JAS39A
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JAS39A
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Description

The JAS39A Gripen is a Swedish multirole fighter that entered service in 1996 to replace the aging JA37D and AJS37 for the Swedish air force. The JAS39A is developed by SAAB and was designed to carry out tasks such as defending Swedish airspace, engaging with hostile ground targets, and reconnaissance missions.

The JAS39A was introduced in Update "Air Superiority" as top rank jet fighter for Sweden, able to fight toe to toe with MiG-29s and F-16s on more even terms than the preceding JA37D. The JAS39A can be equipped with different types of anti-air missiles for air engagements, but also does come with different bomb loadouts making it able to be used in a ground supporting role, giving it a multirole ability to engage a variety of enemies. The JAS39A handles differently than its predecessor JA37D, but will be more similar to the F-16 that some may be used to.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 11 000 m2 240 km/h
Turn time24 s
Max altitude14 500 m
EngineSvenska Flygmotor RM12
Type
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight60 t

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 11,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 2,175 2,138 14500 24.1 24.1 207.3 194.7 500
Upgraded 2,306 2,240 23.9 24.0 285.8 245.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X X X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1,470 620 - - - ~12 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 519 < 700 < 1,470 -

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Svenska Flygmotor RM12 1 6,865 kg 307 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Gross
Weight
Weight (each) Type 9m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 32m fuel
1,054 kg Afterburning low-bypass turbofan 7,567 kg 8,308 kg 9,032 kg 9,205 kg 13,906 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 9m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 32m fuel MGW
Stationary 5,100 kgf 7,528 kgf 0.99 0.91 0.83 0.82 0.54
Optimal 5,100 kgf
(0 km/h)
10,918 kgf
(1,250 km/h)
1.44 1.31 1.21 1.19 0.79

Survivability and armour

Flares/Chaff
Aircraft countermeasures to distract IR and radar-guided missiles and also AA radar
Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear620 km/h

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 696 → 4 421 Sl icon.png
RB7 782 → 12 762 Sl icon.png
SB9 164 → 15 028 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications312 000 Rp icon.png
480 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost3 200 Ge icon.png
Crew training310 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 100 000 Sl icon.png
Aces3 600 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 350 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 320 / 500 % Sl icon.png
256 / 256 / 256 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Compressor
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods booster.png
New boosters
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
20 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
850 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
Flares/Chaff
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
akan_85_belt_pack
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods air to air missile.png
RB 74
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
m/71
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods thermal sight.png
LITENING II
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
Flares/Chaff BOL
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png
Mods air to air midrange missile.png
RB71
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk82
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png
Mods laser guided bomb.png
GBU-12
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods g suit.png
G-suit
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods weapon.png
akan_85_new_gun
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods air to air missile.png
RB 74(M)
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon block rocket.png
m/70
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods laser guided bomb.png
GBU-16
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods jet engine extinguisher.png
EFS
Research:
20 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
850 Ge icon.png
Mods night vision device.png
NVD
Research:
20 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
850 Ge icon.png
Mods atgm heli preset.png
RB75
Research:
20 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
850 Ge icon.png
Mods laser guided bomb.png
GBU-24
Research:
20 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
850 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Ballistic Computer
CCIP (Guns) CCIP (Rockets) CCIP (Bombs) CCRP (Bombs) Lead indicator
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Offensive armament

Main article: Akan m/85 (27 mm)

The JAS39A is armed with:

  • 1 x 27 mm Akan m/85 cannon, belly-mounted (120 rpg)
  • 80 x large calibre countermeasures

Suspended armament

The JAS39A can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Hardpoints JAS39A.png
120 kg m/71 bombs 4 4 4 4
277 kg GBU-12 Paveway II bombs 1 1 1 1
500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs 2 2 2 2
500 lb Mk 82 Snakeye bombs 2 2 2 2
957 kg GBU-10 Paveway II bombs 1 1
1,092 lb GBU-16 Paveway II bombs 1 1 1 1
2,000 lb GBU-24 Paveway III bombs 1 1
psrak m/70 rockets 6 6 6 6
RB71 missiles 1 1 1 1
RB 74 missiles 1 1* 1* 1* 1* 1
RB 74(M) missiles 1 1* 1* 1* 1* 1
RB 75 missiles 1 1 1 1
Countermeasures 160* 160* 160* 160*
LITENING II targeting pod 1
1,100 l drop tanks 1
Maximum permissible weight imbalance: 1,250 kg
* Countermeasures can be equipped with RB 74 missiles on the same hardpoint
LITENING II pod must be equipped when equipping guided bombs
Default weapon presets
  • 1 x 1,100 l drop tank
  • 2 x RB 74 missiles
  • 6 x RB 74 missiles
  • 6 x RB 74 missiles + 640 x countermeasures
  • 6 x RB 74(M) missiles
  • 6 x RB 74(M) missiles + 640 x countermeasures
  • 4 x RB71 missiles
  • 640 x countermeasures
  • 24 x psrak m/70 rockets
  • 4 x RB 75 missiles
  • 16 x 120 kg m/71 bombs (1,920 kg total)
  • 8 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (4,000 lb total)
  • 16 x 120 kg m/71 bombs (1,920 kg total)
  • 8 x 500 lb Mk 82 Snakeye bombs (4,000 lb total)
  • 4 x 277 kg GBU-12 Paveway II bombs (1,108 kg total)
  • 4 x 1,092 lb GBU-16 Paveway II bombs (4,368 lb total)
  • 2 x 2,000 lb GBU-24 Paveway III bombs (4,000 lb total)

Usage in battles

Gripens needs to be played in one way which is very different from all the other top-tier jets. The JAS39A has an underwhelming radar-guided missile out of all its opponents, meaning it will not play ever in BVR engagements, since it will always end up loosing. Instead, the Gripen shines in the furballs, where the chaos prevents anyone from being totally aware of its surroundings. There, it can use its two best assets: the RB 74(M) (AIM-9M copy-paste) and the nearly-unlimited flares loadout the plane can carry. When approaching the danger zone, activate the automatic countermeasure release, set to cycle 1 sec with 0.5 sec between each release and 2 releases per cycle. You have about 4:30 minutes of pure adrenaline before you run out of flares (using flares and chaff should half the time, but sticking to the deck makes radar-guided missiles easily dodgeable). Now the player can pay less (not none) attention to their surroundings and focus on launching the RB 74(M) missiles. Do not focus too much on one target, lock on with radar so the missile won't go for the flares during the lock-on phase and prefer targets that are showing you their side: this way even if they flare the missile will be less likely to notice the flares at all. The Gripen is also a good dogfighter, use the air brake until you get into the 700-850 km/h, that way you will pull like a monster.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • High speed; good acceleration gets you back in the fight after losing speed in turns or climbs
  • Extreme manoeuvrability - currently possibly the most agile fighter in the game, outturns even F-16s!
  • High amount of countermeasures available; a total of 720 when carrying four BOL rails on the wings
  • Well balanced loadouts available, ranging from dumb bombs and rockets to F&F AGMs and laser guided bombs
  • Helmet mounted sight lets the pilot slew both IR missile seekers as well as the radar onto off-bore targets
  • Access to very competitive RB74(M) missiles which are highly resistant to flares

Cons:

  • Prone to tear off wings at high speed; its high agility may result in over-G breaking the plane apart with reckless manoeuvring
  • Mediocre radar missiles; very short range compared to the AIM-7Ms and R-27ERs carried by contemporaries
  • Low ammo count for a relatively rapid firing cannon
  • Canard-delta design combined with its tiny size means that any hit is likely to cause critical damage to your flight surfaces

History

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Media

Videos

See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

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  • other literature.


Swedish Aeroplane Company Ltd. (SAAB)
Pre-SAAB: ASJA  J6B
Fighters  J21A-1 · J21A-2 · A21A-3
Jet fighters  A21RB · J21RA · J29A · A29B · J29D · J29F · J32B · J35A · J35D · JA37C · JA37D · JAS39A
Jet attackers  A32A · A32A Röd Adam · AJ37 · AJS37 · SAAB-105G · SK60B
Bombers  B17A · B17B · S17BS
Dive-bombers  B3C · B18A · B18B · T18B · T18B (57)
Export  SAAB-105OE · Saab J35XS · JAS39C

Sweden jet aircraft
Fighters  J21RA
  J29A · A29B · J29D · J29F
  J32B
  J34
  J35A · J35D
  JA37C · JA37D
  JAS39A
Strike aircraft  A21RB
  A32A · A32A Röd Adam
  A28B
  AJ37 · AJS37
  SK60B · SAAB-105G
Export  SAAB-105OE
Finland  ▄Vampire FB 52A · ▄MiG-21bis · Saab J35XS