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.
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.