SAAB GRIPEN E MAIDEN FLIGHT

The swedish-made next generation smart fighter completed a successful first flight.

Gripen E maiden flight
SAAB Gripen E during its first flight

June 15, 2017 - After one year from its presentation (Story here) the new Gripen E fighter jet took off on its maiden flight, flown by a Saab test pilot. The aircraft (designation 39-8) left from Saab’s airfield in Linköping, Sweden at 10:32am and flew over the eastern parts of Östergötland for 40 minutes. During the flight, the aircraft carried out a number of actions to demonstrate various test criteria including the retracting and extending of the landing gear.

“The flight was just as expected, with the aircraft performance matching the experience in our simulations. Its acceleration performance is impressive with smooth handling. Needless to say I’m very happy to have piloted this maiden flight,” says Marcus Wandt, Experimental Test Pilot, Saab.

“Today we have flown this world class fighter aircraft for the first time. We achieved it with the fully qualified software for the revolutionary avionics system. This is about giving our customers a smart fighter system with the future designed in from the start. The flight test activities will continue to build on this achievement with the programme on track to achieve the 2019 delivery schedule to our Swedish and Brazilian customers,” says Jonas Hjelm, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab Business Area Aeronautics.

The Gripen E i based on the proven Gripen C/D platform, it combines advanced technology and operational effectiveness in an affordable package.

It is a multi-role fighter with outstanding availability, tailored for the future Network Centric Warfare (NCW) environment. Gripen E will meet the demanding operational requirements of the modern air forces and its unrivalled multi-role capability provides excellent tactical flexibility.

The Air-to-air superiority is guaranteed with METEOR, AMRAAM, IRIS-T, AIM-9 missile capability and supercruise as well as the Air-to-surface capability is assured through the use of the latest generation precision weapons and targeting sensors. The aircraft is equipped with AESA radar, IRST passive sensor, HMD, cutting-edge avionics, next generation data processing and a state-of-the-art cockpit.

Source, Photo credit: Saab AB

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