Developed by SAAB, JAS 39E Gripen may be the most advanced in its class due to its software.

Developed by SAAB, JAS 39E Gripen may be the most advanced in its class due to its software.

The most advanced combat aircraft in the world is designed in Sweden - some characteristics of the JAS 39E Gripen suggest the creation of the first sixth generation multipurpose fighter.


This conclusion was made by American military journalist and expert on high-tech weapons Bill Sweetman. In his article in the Daily Beast, he suggested that the Swedish manufacturer could successfully challenge the Pentagon’s dominance in the field of military air development.

“In 2005, Lockheed Martin used the term" fifth generation "for their new F-35 stealth fighter being developed for the US Army. Ironically, they borrowed the Russian term for another stealth fighter, the F-22. Some of the competitors fell into a trap, trying to prove that the “fourth” generation of combat vehicles is no worse than the “fifth”, ”he recalled, explaining that if there is a fifth generation, then the appearance of a sixth is inevitable. In his opinion, it was to this stage of the development of the military aviation should include the fighter JAS 39E Gripen Swedish company Saab.

The size of the armed forces is declining around the world - fewer and fewer have more than one hundred armed aircraft, so each vehicle must be used as efficiently as possible. Sweetman believes that in modern conditions this means not only superiority in the quality of materials and engineering solutions, but also in software. For example, the iPhone is valued for those applications that can be run on it, and not for the “hardware” itself.

Fifth generation American fighter planes were built based on the concept of 30-year-old, when NATO planes were preparing for one simple task - to repel any danger that would come from the east. In the future, military operations in the air will not be so straightforward, the expert explains, the key role in them will be played by intelligence and a detailed study of the military conflict zone.

That is why JAS 39E Gripen can be called the sixth generation fighter - it is not the fastest or most subtle aircraft, it is distinguished by a special approach to the "software". This is a small fighter with a relatively large carrying capacity, allowing you to install software updates to control the aircraft for each new modification. In addition, the Swedes will put on JAS 39E Gripen an improved electronic system of "friend or foe", which will allow the pilot to clearly understand the neutral, hostile, and allied goals in air combat. When creating optical sensors, perhaps for the first time when creating a combat system, experimental technology of gallium nitride was used.

According to Sweetman, the Swedes have learned to build cutting-edge fighters through the balanced use of their own and foreign technologies. So, the JAS 39E Gripen engine is American, the radar equipment is British, the infrared guidance system is from Italy, and some of the hull elements are made in Brazil.

“The new project is ambitious - this is the first time Sweden has embarked on such a project that has come into the spotlight internationally. But if successful, this will be a lesson that everyone will have to learn, ”the military journalist concluded.

Bill Sweetman is considered to be a very authoritative expert, but it’s still early to talk about creating a sixth generation fighter in Sweden, Andrei Fomin, editor-in-chief of Vzlyot magazine, told the Russian Planet. “If the F-35 was originally created as a promising fighter, then the Gripen is still another modification of the fourth-generation fighter flying from the 1980's. Of course, the on-board equipment is being updated, modern weapons systems are being installed, but it is not technologically feasible to make an absolutely new car out of it, ”he believes.

According to Fomin, F-35 and JAS-39E Gripen should not be compared at all. “These machines have different dimensions. The Swedish aircraft belongs to the light class, it has a maximum flight weight of 12 tons, this is the modern European embodiment of what we once had a MiG-21. And the F-35 is still a heavier machine, ”the expert explained.
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  1. TAMERLAN 7 28 March 2014 11: 45 New
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    The most advanced combat aircraft in the world is designed in Sweden - some characteristics of the JAS 39E Gripen suggest the creation of the first sixth generation multipurpose fighter.
    ???? What is this nonsense ???? A plane of the fourth generation, and quite mediocre suddenly the 6th generation! Yes, he can’t even be 5th!

    Here's what they write about the 6th generation (from a more or less decent):

    It is assumed that the sixth generation fighters will be automated unmanned systems, not limited in maneuverability and speed by the “human factor”, included in the general computer control system for military operations.
    The sixth generation fighter will have an "ultra-low profile" with smooth contours of the fuselage and wing. According to some reports, the Russian company Sukhoi is developing a sixth generation fighter according to the “duck” scheme with a reverse sweep of the wing, which is fully integrated into the fuselage. Vertical plumage two-keel. The American company Boeing is developing an F / A-XX aircraft without vertical tail in a “flying wing” pattern resembling a B-2 bomber. The fighter will be equipped with engines with a variable thrust vector, and will be able to take off and land on a shortened runway.
    All sixth generation fighters will have supersonic cruising speed. Perhaps some of them will have hypersonic flight speeds; these technologies are being tested on the Boeing X-37 aerospace aircraft. The fighter developed by Sukhoi will have a cruising speed of 1,26M and plasma stealth technology.
    Maneuverability of machines will further develop. The sixth generation fighter will have super maneuverability at supersonic speeds. Russia intends to use engine technology with a controlled thrust vector of ± 20 degrees, which will allow the aircraft to easily maneuver at angles of attack of 60 degrees. F / A-XX will also have super agility.
    Ability to deliver a long-range strike. Sixth generation fighters will have a very long flight range, which will allow them to strike at "super-long" distances. Fighter F / A-XX will be equipped with powerful laser and electromagnetic weapons, as well as missiles with hypersonic flight speed.
    The new generation fighter will be integrated with all systems of combat control and destruction - land, air, sea, underwater and space.
    Aircraft can be used both in manned and unmanned modes (F / A-XX).
    The United States plans to equip its Air Force and Navy with new generation fighters in 2030-50. Given budgetary constraints, the U.S. Department of Defense plans to postpone the adoption of new fighter planes until 2040.
    1. jjj
      jjj 28 March 2014 11: 59 New
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      If you carefully look at the landing gear in the photo, then everything with this fighter will become immediately clear
      1. tlauicol 28 March 2014 13: 05 New
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        But what about his stand?
        1. Papakiko 28 March 2014 15: 31 New
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          Quote: Tlauicol
          But what about his stand?

          And there is a cheat sheet for the pilot with a description of the actions during the flight.
          The fact that this wafer will receive all kinds of information from the means of support (electronic warfare, early warning systems, satellite, etc.) and display everything in the form of a 2-dimensional (or maybe 3) combat capability will not raise much. And, as a means of counter-guerrilla warfare, yes.
          They try in Baesystems to maintain the competitive capabilities of their products.
          Moreover, it is only necessary to combine all available developments from NATO allies.
          1. tlauicol 28 March 2014 16: 20 New
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            I saw nothing but the sash request
            The article is certainly not ice, but there is still no sensible commentary on it - just hat-throwing, and pluses to each other for wit. And then, it’s not the Swedes who praise themselves, but their competitor
            1. supertiger21 28 March 2014 17: 29 New
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              Quote: Tlauicol
              nothing but the sash, I didn’t see the article there, of course, not ice, but there is still no sensible commentary on it - just hat-throwing, and pluses to each other for wit. And then, it’s not the Swedes who praise themselves, but their competitor


              There’s nothing to do with “hatred” here. Just what downs you need to be in order to record Gripen in the 6th generation fool ???! In fact, the Swedish aircraft theoretically in the maximum modernization can pull on the 4 ++ generation, it will not reach the 5th. But refer it to the 6th, forgive this ... negative
  2. leon17 28 March 2014 11: 50 New
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    They have, simply, the 6th generation of software)
  3. k19
    k19 28 March 2014 11: 53 New
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    Until now, specialists can not clearly determine the requirements for the fifth generation, but here some talk about the sixth. Blah blah blah...
  4. Gagarin
    Gagarin 28 March 2014 11: 53 New
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    The fourth does not cease to amaze with improvements, the fifth is emerging and there will be many, many updates and breakthroughs .... and in Sweden the sixth generation has already been gathered! Not mistaken? Maybe it's the seventh?
    1. igor36 28 March 2014 12: 51 New
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      Quote: Gagarin
      Sweden has already gathered the sixth generation! Not mistaken? Maybe it's the seventh?

      No seventh will be in a week when the software is updated laughing
      1. Narkom 28 March 2014 13: 34 New
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        Lunix or Microsoft costs? That's because a riddle was conceived or maybe ...
  5. pavel-patriot
    pavel-patriot 28 March 2014 11: 56 New
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    Nonsense of course that's all.
    it is not the fastest or most inconspicuous aircraft; it is distinguished by a special approach to software.
    Maybe the seventh generation will not fly at all. If speed is not important, and stealth is stupidity?
    1. wasjasibirjac 28 March 2014 15: 13 New
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      Baba Yaga on a mortar - 8 generation stealth fighter
  6. indeveral 28 March 2014 11: 59 New
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    Yes, you will not praise yourself, and no one will notice. The relative advantage of the JAS-39 is its lower cost compared to modern generation 4+ and 5 fighters in the USA and Russia. And this is connected, precisely in simplifying the design of the aircraft.
  7. dmitrij.blyuz
    dmitrij.blyuz 28 March 2014 12: 03 New
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    Nu-nu! We’ll see. Although the Swedes have large originals in design and REO they are not weak, but the 6th generation! Something was cooked up here.
  8. kostyan77708 28 March 2014 12: 03 New
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    Well, maybe for Sweden the 6th, let them think so, and in general it seems to me that this is a stupid PR campaign to give this device to someone
  9. Stiletto 28 March 2014 12: 03 New
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    In a day, I receive notifications on the phone about the possibility of software updates. But this does not mean that he becomes a fighter from this laughing
    1. kostyan77708 28 March 2014 12: 14 New
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      they apparently Androyd +100500, updated 2 times per hour))))))
    2. kostyan77708 28 March 2014 12: 14 New
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      they apparently Androyd +100500, updated 2 times per hour))))))
  10. STALGRAD76 28 March 2014 12: 23 New
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    The battle of corporations for the market is all. Experts may be aware of whether there is a clear classification of the evolution of generations, but most likely this term is for advertising promotions.
    Lada "viburnum" 2014g. at. 5 ++ generations,
  11. Barakuda 28 March 2014 12: 42 New
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    Stuffed with F-16. And how much is it?
    1. supertiger21 28 March 2014 17: 21 New
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      Quote: Barracuda
      Stuffed with F-16.


      You are mistaken, Gripen has nothing to do with the F-16. The only thing American about it is its engine.

      Quote: Barracuda
      And how much is it?


      The latest modifications, as far as I know, will cost no less than $ 50 million.
  12. inkass_98 28 March 2014 13: 02 New
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    Where is the next generation of MiGs there?
  13. MolGro 28 March 2014 13: 05 New
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    Now changing the software, you can change generations))
  14. Fornit
    Fornit 28 March 2014 13: 36 New
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    It's simple - Europe is in a hurry with generations, because due to homo ... inclinations will not be able to breed soon! lol
  15. Eydolon
    Eydolon 28 March 2014 14: 19 New
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    and as a country that does not have such flight experience as the USA and Russia, to create a super duper plane ???
    1. tlauicol 28 March 2014 16: 29 New
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      but as a country, having no experience of a full-scale war, it created ejection seats, automatic loaders, anaerobic engines, ammunition cartridges, stealth corvettes, anti-tank missiles, advanced anti-tank weapons, etc. etc.?
      Gripen, of course, is not the 6th generation, but it is a very good system - a sort of flying information and combat network (Aegis is not Aegis, but the principle is clear) - which no one has yet managed to shove onto planes before the Swedes. This is a very serious advantage! Yes, and if you consider separately - a very good car, simple and unpretentious. Soldier airplane, fighter for war, not for air show
  16. sv68 28 March 2014 14: 32 New
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    and the Swedes simply cheated on the American journalist lyuley for the lie-plane of 9 generations wassat
  17. dmitrij.blyuz
    dmitrij.blyuz 28 March 2014 15: 08 New
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    It’s just that the Swedes are trying to create something in order to join Russia not with bare hands! wassat
  18. supertiger21 28 March 2014 17: 17 New
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    The most advanced combat aircraft in the world is designed in Sweden - some characteristics of the JAS 39E Gripen suggest the creation of the first sixth generation multipurpose fighter.


    Already by these words it is clear that the article is nothing more than nonsense - moreover, it is delusional from delusional. Well, which 6th generation can come out of it fool ?! If it were all, it would be as stated in the article, then all countries would not have steamed, with the creation of fighters of new generations, but simply modified old models. If you follow the logic of the author (as well as scientist Bill Sweettman), then from MiG- 21 can get a promising 5th generation fighter fellow , and PAK FA we are creating in vain)))
  19. Arkan 28 March 2014 20: 31 New
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    This is a small fighter with a relatively large payload, which allows you to install software updates for controlling the aircraft for each new modification.


    Flying iphone
    1. supertiger21 28 March 2014 21: 37 New
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      Quote: Arkan
      This is a small fighter with a relatively large carrying capacity, allowing you to install software updates for controlling the aircraft for each new modification. A flying iPhone.


      And what does this have to do with claims that it belongs to the 6th generation of fighters ... fellow