Dassault Rafale vs Saab Gripen

Dassault Rafale vs Saab Gripen Comparison

RAFALE INFOGRAPHICGripen infographic

Rafale vs Gripen Flight Cost Per Hour

PER HOUR - RAFALEPER HOUR - GRIPEN

Overall and BVR ratings

CATEGORY DASSAULT RAFALE SAAB JAS 39 GRIPEN
BVR Rating 90% 81%
Armament 8.6/10 8.0/10
Technology 8.5/10 8.0/10
Avionics 8.4/10 7.9/10
Maneuverability 9.3/10 9.0/10
Rate of Climb max. 300 m/s – 60k ft/min max. 300 m/s – 55k ft/min
Thrust/Weight 1.13 1.02
Service Ceiling 17 km – 55k ft 16 km – 50k ft
Speed 2.00 Mach 2.00 Mach
Fuel Economy 0.70 km/l – 1.65 NM/gallon 1.06 km/l – 2.49 NM/gallon
Unit Cost 130.000.000 USD 45.000.000 USD
Overall Rating excellent very good

BVR (Beyond Visual Range) Ratings

CATEGORY DASSAULT RAFALE JAS-39 GRIPEN
BVR AAM missile MBDA Meteor MBDA Meteor
AAM origin NATO NATO
Year in 2013 in 2013
Range (mile) 62 62
Range (km) 100 100
Speed (mph) 2640 2640
Speed (km/h) 4248 4248
Radar Thales RBE2-AA Raven ES-05
Radar overall rating excellent very good
BVR Technology 85% 80%
BVR Def. Tech. 85% 79%
RCS – Radar Cross Section 0.5-2.0 0.5-1.5

Dogfight (close to medium range) Ratings

CATEGORY DASSAULT RAFALE JAS-39 GRIPEN
Cannon GIAT 30M/719B Mauser BK-27
Caliber (mm) 30 mm 27 mm
Rate of Fire (rpm) 2500 rpm 1700 rpm
Muzzle Velocity 1025 m/s 1025 m/s
Size Point 10%-30% 20% 30%
Maneuverability 9.3 9.0
Thrust/Weight Ratio 1,13 1.02
AAM (first) MBDA MICA MBDA MICA
Operational range 0.2 – 50 km 0.2 – 50 km
AAM (second) R.550 MAGIC II IRIS-T
Operational range 0.3 – 15 km 0.5 – 30 km
Dogfight Rating 76% 74%

Size Comparison

CATEGORY DASSAULT RAFALE JAS-39 GRIPEN
Length 15.27 m – 50 ft 1 in 14.10 m – 46 ft 3 in
Wingspan 10.80 m – 35 ft 4 in 8.40 m – 27 ft 7 in
Wing area 45.7 m² – 492 ft² 30.1 m² (325 sq ft)
Height 5.30 m – 17 ft 3 in 4.50 m – 14 ft 9 in
Weight 10,100 kg – 22,6k lb 6,800 kg – 12,6k lb
Power 2 x 75 kN – 17k lbf 1 x 80 kN – 18k lbf