Saab JAS 39D Gripen - 821
This Gripen is carrying a Sidewinder (Rb 74) exercise missile on its right wing tip.
The Saab JAS 39 Gripen (English: "griffin" is a light single-engine multirole fighter aircraft manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab. It was designed to replace the Saab 35 Draken and 37 Viggen in the Swedish Air Force.
More images of the Gripen can be found here: http://www.e-pic.se/Aircraft/Aircraft-sorted-by-type/SAAB/SAAB-39-Gripen
In the late 1970s, Sweden sought to replace its ageing Saab 35 Draken and Saab 37 Viggen. The Swedish Air Force required an affordable Mach 2 aircraft with good short-field performance for a defensive dispersed basing plan in the event of invasion; the plan included 800 m long by 9 m wide rudimentary runways as stated in the Base 90 directives. Another goal was for the aircraft to be smaller than the Viggen while equalling or improving on its payload-range characteristics.
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