Gripen NG Trust/Weight Ratio

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  1. Tommy Wu

    Tommy Wu Officer Candidate

    Jun 5, 2016
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    I was just looking at Gripen NG official site and I saw that Gripen NG has a F414G engine rated at 98 kN (22000 lb), and Gripen NG has empty weight of 8000 kg. It weighs 11400 kg (25130 lb) with 100% internal fuel. Its thrust to weight ratio is only 0.87 which is significantly lower than other advanced fighters. I doubt it would achieve supercruise as SAAB claimed or perform well in a dogfight. Could anyone explain why SAAB went this way?

    Thanks in advance.
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