The flight test program with Gripen NG Demonstrator continues according to plan at the Saab facilities in Linkoping. The latest flight, number 117 since the flight test program started, was flown today.
We are now testing all the tactical systems, such as the AESA radar and the new communications system. The test program is very extensive, and the unusually harsh cold and snowy winter here in Sweden has challenged the program schedule but we are now quickly catching up, says Mattias Bergstrom, the Gripen NG Demonstrator project manager.
We have finished, and successfully verified, the flight tests of the electro-optical Missile Approach Warning System (MAW) and the new fuel system with larger internal fuel tanks.
The Gripen NG is the next generation of the Gripen fighter, which is in service with the air forces of Sweden, the Czech Republic, Hungary and South Africa. It is also ordered by the Royal Thai Air Force and is flown by the Empire Test Pilots School, ETPS, in the UK.