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Saab Gripen E Flies

 

The Saab Gripen E during its first flight on June 15. Photo: Saab

The Saab Gripen E, the latest version of the Swedish multi-role combat jet, completed its first flight from Saab’s airfield in Linköping, Sweden on June 15.

The aircraft took off at 10:32hrs local and flew for 40 minutes over the eastern parts of Östergötlan,

During the flight, the aircraft carried out actions to demonstrate various test criteria including the retracting and extending of the landing gear.

Marcus Wandt, Experimental Test Pilot, Saab, said: “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.”

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