Saab Gripen vs F-35 Lightning II

Saab JAS-39 Gripen vs F-35 Lightning II Comparison

Gripen infographicF-35 infographic

Gripen vs F-35 Flight Cost Per Hour

PER HOUR - GRIPENPER HOUR - F-35

Overall and BVR ratings

CATEGORY SAAB JAS 39 GRIPEN F-35 LIGHTNING 2
BVR Rating 81% 94%
Armament 8.0/10 8.6/10
Technology 8.0/10 9.5/10
Avionics 7.9/10 9.0/10
Maneuverability 9.0/10 8.5/10
Rate of Climb max. 300 m/s – 55k ft/min max. 230 m/s – 45k ft/min
Thrust/Weight 1.02 1.07
Service Ceiling 16 km – 50k ft 20 km – 65k ft
Speed 2.00 Mach 1.60 Mach
Fuel Economy 1.06 km/l – 2.49 NM/gallon 0.80 km/l – 1.68 NM/gallon
Unit Cost 45.000.000 USD 180.000.000 USD
Overall Rating very good excellent

BVR (Beyond Visual Range) Ratings

CATEGORY JAS-39 GRIPEN F-35 LIGHTNING 2
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 AN/APG-81 AESA
Radar overall rating very good excellent
BVR Technology 80% 92%
BVR Def. Tech. 79% 95%
RCS – Radar Cross Section 0.5-1.5 0.005-0.3

Dogfight (close to medium range) Ratings

CATEGORY JAS-39 GRIPEN F-35 LIGHTNING 2
Cannon Mauser BK-27 GAU-22/A
Caliber (mm) 27 mm 20 mm
Rate of Fire (rpm) 1700 rpm 4200 rpm
Muzzle Velocity 1025 m/s 1000 m/s
Size Point 10%-30% 30% 20%
Maneuverability 9.0 8,5
Thrust/Weight Ratio 1.02 1,07
AAM (first) MBDA MICA AIM-9X
Operational range 0.2 – 50 km 0.2 – 50 km
AAM (second) IRIS-T IRIS-T
Operational range 0.5 – 30 km 0.5 – 30 km
Dogfight Rating 74% 70%

Size Comparison

CATEGORY JAS-39 GRIPEN F-35 LIGHTNING 2
Length 14.10 m – 46 ft 3 in 15.6 m – 50.0 ft
Wingspan 8.40 m – 27 ft 7 in 10.7 m – 35 ft 0 in
Wing area 30.1 m² (325 sq ft) 42.0 m² – 460 sq ft
Height 4.50 m – 14 ft 9 in 4.33 m – 14.2 ft
Weight 6,800 kg – 12,6k lb 13,200 kg – 30,2k lb
Power 1 x 80 kN – 18k lbf 1 x 190 kN – 43k lbf