GRIPEN COMPLETES TEST
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