DND’s next mission: The Saab JAS 39 Gripen acquisition project

The JAS 39 Gripen/Griffin is a light single-engine multirole fighter aircraft made by Swedish aerospace company Saab. According to source, Gripen is the future modern fighter jets of Philippine Air.

“And after the F/A-50s, we are hoping that we will soon acquire our first modern fighter aircraft,” Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said as reported by government-owned Philippine News Agency.

Gripen is worth approximately USD60 million compared to USD30 million worth FA-50 each.

Saab Jas 39 Gripen Fighter Jet

The Swedish made new generation multi-role aircraft is capable of carrying 6.5 tons of weapons (FA-50 has 4.5 tons capacity). It can also effectively fire anit-ship and air-to-air missiles from 80 km range.

According to manufacturer, JAS 39 Gripen has a long list of compatible weapon system. An operator can choose weapons from Israel, Sweden, Europe, and US.

“Gripen represents the ultimate in operational efficiency capable of fulfilling a range of roles, either alone or as part of a wider defense network,” SAAB said.

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