Gripen NG - Standard Gripen Comparisons
Though the Gripen NG has not yet entered service, the prototype, specifications, and technology demonstrator have all indicated the direction the upgrade will take. When compared to the standard Gripen, the update will be heavier, have better range, and superior technology to its predecessor.
The inclusion of the AESA array is one of the major selling points of the Gripen NG. A powerful variant of standard radar, AESA is a phased array radar system that broadcasts radar waves in a manner that decreases the probability that the radar transmission will be detected and traced back to its source. This allows an AESA equipped aircraft to be stealthier, lowering the danger inherent in using active sensors.
The Gripen NG is expected to be roughly 1/7 larger than the original Gripen, going from 7 tons to 8 tons max takeoff weight. A restructuring of the landing gear arrangement within the fuselage allows the updated Gripen to carry nearly 50 percent more fuel as before, and its expected combat radius will be well over 1000km with half a dozen air to air missiles and drop tanks providing extra range and a 30 minute loiter time.
Finally, the Gripen NG is anticipated to boast supercruise, which will allow it to exceed the speed of sound without using its afterburners. This capability, native to the Eurofighter and American F-22, is a strong selling point for the new Gripen.