Saab Gripen vs Chengdu J-10

Saab JAS-39 Gripen vs Chengdu J-10 Comparison

Gripen infographicJ10 infographic

Gripen vs J-10 Flight Cost Per Hour

PER HOUR - GRIPENPER HOUR - J-10

Overall and BVR ratings

CATEGORY SAAB JAS 39 GRIPEN CHENGDU J-10
BVR Rating 81% 75%
Armament 8.0/10 7.5/10
Technology 8.0/10 7.5/10
Avionics 7.9/10 8.0/10
Maneuverability 9.0/10 8.6/10
Rate of Climb max. 300 m/s – 55k ft/min max. 300 m/s – 60k ft/min
Thrust/Weight 1.02 1.08
Service Ceiling 16 km – 50k ft 18 km – 59k ft
Speed 2.00 Mach 2.00 Mach
Fuel Economy 1.06 km/l – 2.49 NM/gallon 0.76 km/l – 1.79 NM/gallon
Unit Cost 45.000.000 USD 35.000.000 USD
Overall Rating very good very good

BVR (Beyond Visual Range) Ratings

CATEGORY JAS-39 GRIPEN CHENGDU J-10
BVR AAM missile MBDA Meteor PL-12 AAM
AAM origin NATO China
Year in 2013 in 2002
Range (mile) 62 62
Range (km) 100 100
Speed (mph) 2640 2640
Speed (km/h) 4248 4248
Radar Raven ES-05 T 1473 H
Radar overall rating very good very good
BVR Technology 80% 75%
BVR Def. Tech. 79% 75%
RCS – Radar Cross Section 0.5-1.5 0.5-1.5

Dogfight (close to medium range) Ratings

CATEGORY JAS-39 GRIPEN CHENGDU J-10
Cannon Mauser BK-27 GSh-23
Caliber (mm) 27 mm 23 mm
Rate of Fire (rpm) 1700 rpm 3600 rpm
Muzzle Velocity 1025 m/s 715 m/s
Size Point 10%-30% 30% 30%
Maneuverability 9.0 8,6
Thrust/Weight Ratio 1.02 1,08
AAM (first) MBDA MICA PL-9
Operational range 0.2 – 50 km 0.2 – 25 km
AAM (second) IRIS-T PL-8
Operational range 0.5 – 30 km 0.2 – 20 km
Dogfight Rating 74% 58%

Size Comparison

CATEGORY JAS-39 GRIPEN CHENGDU J-10
Length 14.10 m – 46 ft 3 in 15.49 m (50.82 ft)
Wingspan 8.40 m – 27 ft 7 in 9.75 m (31.99 ft)
Wing area 30.1 m² (325 sq ft) 39.1 m² (355 sq ft)
Height 4.50 m – 14 ft 9 in 5.43 m – 17 ft 7 in
Weight 6,800 kg – 12,6k lb 9,750 kg – 21k lb
Power 1 x 80 kN – 18k lbf 1 x 130 kN – 29,0k lbf

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