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What do you get when you combine the size, agility, and powerplant of an F-20 Tigershark with the distinctive planform of the Vigen? You get the Saab JAS-39 Gripen lightweight multirole fighter. The JAS-39 requirement (J=fighter, A=ground attack, S=reconnaissance) was initiated in the late 1970s to replace the Draken and Vigen. In addition to the F-20 (and F/A-18) F404 afterburning engine, the aircraft is equipped with a variant of the Blue Vixen radar from the Sea Harrier FA.2 (which was also the basis for the Typhoon’s radar), and the capability to carry a wide range of NATO common weapons.
The Gripen entered Swedish AF service in 1997 and has since equipped the air arms of the Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa, and Thailand. Several other countries are considering adopting the Gripen or even the Gripen NG (next generation).