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Gripen C

Gripen C-series

Gripen C-series is a true swing-role fighter, designed with smart technical solutions. It is built to adapt to new technologies as they become available and to counter evolving threats as they arise. Gripen is ready to dominate the battlespace for decades to come.
Gripen on roadbase Vidsel

Key features

Superior situational awareness and decision support.
Designed to host a wide range of weapons from different suppliers.
Low flight hour costs.

Gripen C Gripen DGripen Aggressor
Number of seats121
Length over all14,9 meters15,6 meters14,9 meters
Width over all8,4 meters8,4 meters8,4 meters
Maximum take-off weight14000 kg14000 kg14000 kg
Max thrust80,5 kN80,5 kN80,5 kN
Combat turnaround10 minutes10 minutes10 minutes
Air-to-air refuelingYesYesYes
Mauser BK 27 mm gunYes--

Any mission. Anywhere.

Gripen C-series is the most reliable swing-role combat aircraft available in the world today. Over 150 million people in five countries on three continents rely on Gripen C-series to protect their sovereign air space and ensuring their independence. With successful participation in NATO-led as well as numerous exercises and air policing assignments across the world, Gripen C-series is ready for any mission. Anywhere.

Gripen on roadbase Vidsel
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39D Cockpit Frontseat
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Gripen C by Topidoc
Always combat ready

Refuel and re-arm takes less than 10 minutes for air-to-air missions and less than 20 minutes for air-to-ground missions. Gripen requires minimal personnel and ground support equipment for dispersed operations and can operate from a runway no wider than a small, unprepared road, making it more combat ready than any other fighter on the market.

Protecting sovereign skies

Nations across four continents rely on Gripen to protect their sovereign airspace. After decades of service and numerous NATO-led assignments, Gripen is ready to participate in any joint mission anywhere in the world.

The power of availability

Gripen was created to be airborne: It has a proven high level of availability resulting from consistently low failure rates, ease of operation, maintenance and repair. Gripen is by design the most available fighter aircraft in the world.

Information superiority

Gripen C-series is a master of situational awareness. Link16 / tactical datalink, shared sensor-fused data, embedded decision support and the optimized cockpit Human Machine Interface (HMI) ensures information superiority, putting the pilot one step ahead of the enemy and in control of the battlespace.

Multi-role fighter

Gripen performs tasks in all three combat roles: air-to-air, air-to-surface and reconnaissance. The pilot can change role while airborne, or operate in multiple roles simultaneously. As sensor systems and weapons evolve, Gripen’s multirole capabilities grow.


Continuously developed and enhanced in close co-operation with customers and with the most flexible weapon system of all fighters, results in maximum operational effectiveness and predictable.

Gripen operators

Sweden has been an operator since the late 90's and also has the largest fleet of Gripen C/D in operational service. Gripen C/D fighters are currently in-service with two NATO-members nations - Czech Republic and Hungary, as well as South Africa and Thailand. Also ETPS (Empire Test Pilots' School) offers Gripen to their students for the testing of advanced flight control systems, handling qualities and performance.

Weapon superiority

Gripen C-series is integrated with a great number of weapons and pods from both US and Europe for many types of missions, from long-and short-range and agile air-to-air missiles to heavy air to surface missiles and guided bombs for precision engagement with minimal collateral damage. The aircraft has an inherent precision-strike and stand-off capability and new weapons are easily and inexpensively integrated, making sure Gripen C-series always has a powerful weapon flexibility.

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Swedish Air Force Gripens from Skaraborg wing F 7, south west Sweden.
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Armed to the teeth. Swedish Air Force Gripen fighters, somewhere over Sweden.

Gripen Aggressor: Tailor-made for the adversary combat training market

Gripen Aggressor

Gripen Aggressor is based on the proven Gripen C-series and brings a unique mix of high performance, mission flexibility and availability combined with a low life cycle cost.

Train like you fight

In order to train like you fight, you need to fly advanced combat tactics against peer and near peer opponents like the Gripen Aggressor. Essentially world class pilots need to train against world class opponents and that is the Gripen Aggressor.

Realistic combat training

Gripen Aggressor provides an exceptional, dissimilar opponent aircraft system against which pilots will sharpen and refine their combat skills so as to fight and win against an advanced enemy threat.

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Did you know?

The engine can be replaced in the field in less than one hour, including testing, using only one technician and five conscript mechanics.

  • Gripen C-series can operate from runways measuring just 800 x 16 meters, built as part of ordinary highways.
  • Together with a low demand for maintenance per flight hour, Gripen C-series has a significantly higher availability compared with its competitors
  • Almost any weapon can be integrated, giving Gripen C-series very high weapon flexibility.

Testimonial from a Gripen operator

What does a Gripen operator say about the world's most advanced fighter?
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The Czech Air Force operates 14 Gripen C-series.
Baltic Air Policing 2019 - Czech Air Force
Quick turnaround, ready for next mission.

Protectors of the Czech Republic airspace

When Gripen entered service with the Czech Air Force in 2005, it replaced old Russian technology and the Czech Air Force became one of Europe’s most modern air forces.

Read more about Gripen in Czech Republic

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