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LINKÖPING. Gripen has for the first time un­der­gone a series of test flights with 100 per cent bio­fuel. This demon­strates that the air­craft can be flown with an al­ter­na­tive fuel and gives valu­able knowl­edge for fu­ture pos­si­ble use of al­ter­na­tive fuel.

“Demon­strat­ing that Gripen can fly with 100 per cent bio­fuel is an im­por­tant step in mak­ing Gripen fu­ture- safe,” says Göran Bengts­son, Di­rec­tor of Re­search and Tech­nol­ogy, Fu­ture Busi­ness, Aero­nau­tics. “Gain­ing in­de­pen­dence from im­ports of oil is im­por­tant from a de­fence stand­point and opens the way for ad­di­tional sources of fuel, which cre­ates flex­i­bil­ity. It’s nat­u­rally also good if we in the long term can con­trib­ute to re­duc­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact from mil­i­tary avi­a­tion.”

The flights were con­ducted with a Gripen D (du­alseat) at Saab’s fa­cil­i­ties in Linköping and went en­tirely as planned.

“The test team noted no dif­fer­ences be­tween the bio­fuel and the or­di­nary jet fuel, which means that bio­fuel can be used as a fully sat­is­fac­tory al­ter­na­tive to or­di­nary jet fuel in Gripen,” says Göran Bengts­son. “Flying with bio­fuel in op­er­a­tional ser­vice with Gripen re­quires, how­ever, fur­ther cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of the fuel and ac­cess to fuel in the amounts that

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