JAS 39 Gripen The JAS-39 is the new Swedish multi-role fighter presently being delivered to the Air Force. It is under serious consideration by former East-bloc countries, South American countries and others. The Gripen is one of the most recent European fighters. It is competing against the Rafale, the Eurofighter Typhoon and the American F-16s and F-18s of the most recent design. This quite elegant and extremely manoeuvrable aircraft is able to use a vast air-to-air missile arsenal as well as air-to-ground missiles in different roles: interceptor, attack fighter and navy interceptor.