First Flight Suc­cess for Gripen E

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LINKÖPING, SWE­DEN. De­fence and se­cu­rity com­pany Saab com­pleted a suc­cess­ful first flight of the next gen­er­a­tion smart fighter, Gripen E, June 15 The air­craft ( des­ig­na­tion 39- 8) left from Saab’s air­field in Linköping, Swe­den at 1032 hrs lo­cal time 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,” said 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.

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