Saab’s second Gripen E test aircraft
completed its maiden flight earlier this week.
The second Gripen E
test aircraft, designated 39-9, took off at 09:50 on 26 November
The test flight was operated from Saab’s airfield at
Linköping, Sweden, with Saab test pilot Robin Nordlander at the
“Some people think being a test pilot is the
most exciting job in the world and it should be. Flying Gripen E
means breaking no sweat though, even on a maiden flight such as
this. The flight was so smooth and 39-9 a real pleasure to pilot.
I am looking forward to getting it back in the air again and soon
putting the new systems to the test,” said Robin Nordlander,
Experimental Test Pilot, Saab.
During the 33-minute flight, the pilot
carried out a number of actions to validate flight characteristics
and various test criteria, such as the software, life support
system and radio system.
Jonas Hjelm, head of Saab business area Aeronautics,
said, “It is very satisfying to see the second Gripen
E aircraft join the flight test programme as planned. This new
aircraft allows us to expand the trial activities as we test more
functionality with on-board systems whilst, with two aircraft now
flying, we are increasing the overall pace of testing. The
programme continues to deliver good progress and to generate
interest as our customers and others are keen to see and learn
more about the capabilities Gripen E is going to give their
The next phase in the test programme for Gripen
39-9 is testing of the tactical systems and sensors.