Gripen vs Eurofighter

JAS 39 Gripen vs Eurofighter Typhoon

Comments of readers (Feel free to leave a reply on bottom)

1. Bearing in mind that the Gripen can take off AND land in 600m, be refueled and rearmed in ten minutes by 1 technician and 5 conscripts, and can operate from country roads; whereas it takes the Eurofighter 300m take off and well over 900m to land, takes at least twenty minutes to refuel and rearmed by a team of 10 specialists, and has to operate from prepared airfields, the Gripen has a major advantage!

2. JAS-39C/D is cleared for the Meteor missile same as the Typhoon. Fact is, The JAS-39C/D was the very first fighter into which the Meteor was integrated. This could possibly affect the BVR rating as well, but in that aspect I don’t know enough about other factors taken into consideration to comment.

Second would be maneuverability, I would be very much surprised if the JAS-39C/D turned(!) out to be less maneuverable than the Typhoon. Quite the contrary, given the size and wing loading of the two.

3. There are a few big points that should be pointed out. The Gripen costs 1/2 of that of the EF. the EF may be ‘superior’ to the Gripen, but not twice as good, the Gripen is older than the EF. updating the tech in the Gripen would close the gap in capabilities… but also the gap in cost, the Gripen was build by Sweden (with a total population of 8.5 million). where as the EF was built by UK, Germany, Italy and Spain (France left the group to build the Rafale).

Gripen infographicEUROFIGHTER infographic

Gripen vs Eurofighter Flight Cost Per Hour

PER HOUR - GRIPEN

PER HOUR - EUROFIGHTER

Overall and BVR ratings

CATEGORY SAAB JAS 39 GRIPEN EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON
BVR Rating 81% 91%
Armament 8.0/10 8.5/10
Technology 8.0/10 8.8/10
Avionics 7.9/10 8.6/10
Maneuverability 9.0/10 9.5/10
Rate of Climb max. 300 m/s – 55k ft/min max. 315 m/s – 65k ft/min
Thrust/Weight 1.02 1.15
Service Ceiling 16 km – 50k ft 20 km – 65k ft
Speed 2.00 Mach 2.35 Mach
Fuel Economy 1.06 km/l – 2.49 NM/gallon 0.68 km/l – 1.60 NM/gallon
Unit Cost 45.000.000 USD 175.000.000 USD
Overall Rating very good excellent

BVR (Beyond Visual Range) Ratings

CATEGORY JAS-39 GRIPEN EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON
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 Raven ES-05 Euroradar CAPTOR
Radar overall rating very good excellent
BVR Technology 80% 87%
BVR Def. Tech. 79% 85%
RCS – Radar Cross Section 0.5-1.5 0.5-2.0

Dogfight (close to medium range) Ratings

CATEGORY JAS-39 GRIPEN EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON
Cannon Mauser BK-27 Mauser BK-27
Caliber (mm) 27 mm 27 mm
Rate of Fire (rpm) 1700 rpm 1700 rpm
Muzzle Velocity 1025 m/s 1025 m/s
Size Point 10%-30% 30% 20%
Maneuverability 9.0 9,5
Thrust/Weight Ratio 1.02 1,15
AAM (first) MBDA MICA AIM-132 ASRAAM
Operational range 0.2 – 50 km 0.3 – 50 km
AAM (second) IRIS-T IRIS-T
Operational range 0.5 – 30 km 0.5 – 30 km
Dogfight Rating 74% 75%

Size Comparison

CATEGORY JAS-39 GRIPEN EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON
Length 14.10 m – 46 ft 3 in 15.95 m – 52 ft 4 in
Wingspan 8.40 m – 27 ft 7 in 10.95 m – 35 ft 9 in
Wing area 30.1 m² (325 sq ft) 51.2 m² (551 sq ft)
Height 4.50 m – 14 ft 9 in 5.30 m – 17 ft 3 in
Weight 6,800 kg – 12,6k lb 11,150 kg – 24,6k lb
Power 1 x 80 kN – 18k lbf 2 x 89 kN 20k lbf

 

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