The Gripen E fighter jet of Saab has completed tests to verify the ability to release and launch external payloads by jettisoning an external fuel drop tank and firing of an IRIS-T air-to-air missile.
Conducted by the first Gripen E test aircraft (designated 39-8), the tests took place in October 2018 at Vidsel Test Range in the north of Sweden.
“The tests bring us closer to making the aircraft ready for its operational use”, says Marcus Wandt, Experimental Gripen Test Pilot at Saab.
“I am pleased to see the aircraft behaving and performing according to our expectations. We are making good progress towards delivery (of the aircraft) to our Swedish and Brazilian customers”, says Jonas Hjelm, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab business area Aeronautics.
These tests are the latest steps in the Gripen E flight test programme preceded by the carriage trials in July and forms part of the weapon integration work.
Gripen E has weapons for all types of missions, such as stand-off precision strike using guided glide bombs, heavy anti-ship and deep strike missiles, to long-range and agile air-to-air missiles such as Meteor.
Gripen E can also carry pods and sensors for reconnaissance and special missions. To give air forces a wide choice of operational capabilities, Gripen E is designed to enable quick integration of various weapons. This is partly made possible by Gripen E’s flexible avionic architecture.
Saab has received a contract from the Swedish Defence and Material Administration (FMV) regarding new Gripen E equipment. This is a supplemental contract to the previously entered Gripen E contract, and is valued to approximately SEK 400 million ($47 million), the company said in a statement Monday
Saab's next-generation fighter, the Gripen E, successfully flew supersonic for the first time over the Baltic Sea on 18th October, the company announced in a press release last week. The Gripen E smart fighter flew at speeds greater than the speed of sound, at over Mach 1, as part of the ongoing flight trials programme
Exelis has signed a business agreement with Saab Aeronautics to develop, supply and support Pneumatic Missile Eject Launcher pylons (PMEL) for use on Saab's next generation Gripen E multirole fighter aircraft. The PMEL will enable powered ejection of Meteor and AMRAAM (AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile) from the fuselage underside
The Swedish Armed Forces may acquire more Gripen E to support its existing operational capacity on account of possible lending of Gripen C/D to Brazil and Switzerland in the near future, according to Corren.se
Saab has received an order for deliveries of the new Carl-Gustaf M4 multi-role weapon system to the Slovenian Armed Forces. Deliveries will take place during 2018-2020
SAAB has completed testing its Gripen E multirole fighter aircraft with two Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missiles (BVRAAM) for the first time on Monday. This test with Meteor is a part of the weapon integration progress in the Gripen E test programme
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