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JAS 39 Gripen in Detail
JAS 39B Two-seater version

n by Martin Waligorski


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From A to B
 


Of 204 aircraft ordered for the Swedish Air Force, 28 will be two-seaters like this one designated JAS 39 B. These will be used for tactical training, but also have full combat capability, apart from having no gun and carrying less fuel.

Photo: SAAB

 


All the differences between the B and  A versions are concentrated in the forward part of the fuselage. Here a good view of the two-seater nose.

Photo: SAAB

 


The twin canopy in open  position.

Photo: SAAB

 


Two more in-flight pictures giving a good idea about the canopy shape. Note lack of the cannon underneath.

Photo: SAAB

 

As the two cockpits required much more space, the front undercarriage of the JAS 39B was also redesigned. The most visible change is a different angle of the front cover in open position and relocation of the landing light .

Photo: SAAB


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