The first serial produced Swedish Gripen E (designated 6002) fighter aircraft has completed its maiden flight, as announced on 3rd December.
The Gripen E fighter with the serial number 6002 took off for its maiden flight from a Saab factory’s runway in Linköping, Sweden. This test flight was dedicated to verify basic handling and flying qualities of the aircraft.
The aircraft displayed a new camouflage pattern designed with three shades of grey, inspired by the Swedish Armed Forces M90 camouflage uniform.
The first flight will be followed by more test flights with the purpose to approve the aircraft for the same envelope as the previous Gripen E. After that 6002 will join the joint verification and validation programme together with the Swedish Armed Forces and FMV for further envelope expansion as well as testing of tactical system and sensors.
This is the fifth Gripen E to take flight. Saab has flown three prototypes (39-8, 39-9 and 39-10) in the previous years. The new Brazilian Gripen E also completed its maiden flight on August 26.
Saab Gripen E
The Saab Gripen E (Gripen JAS 39E) is the latest variant of the JAS 39 Gripen single-engine multirole fighter aircraft manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab. JAS 39F is the two-seat version of the aircraft.
The main modifications include the adoption of a new powerplant (General Electric F414G in place of Volvo RM12), an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, and significantly increased internal fuel capacity.
Sweden and Brazil have ordered the Gripen E/F aircraft. Brazil’s designation for JAS 39E variant is F-39E am for the JAS 39F variant is F-39F.