Thetechnology demonstrator fighter ( Demo) performed the first flight yesterday from ’s airfield in Linköping, Sweden. The aircraft was developed as a test bed evaluating and demonstrating future development of the . The first flight that lasted 30 minutes took place 30 days after the official rollout of the aircraft.
“We’re flying what in many aspects is a completely new aircraft a month after Roll-Out. This is quite unique and it shows Gripen’s opportunities for further development. It also shows our own ability to develop new, more efficient working methods.” said Lars-Erik Svedlund,’s project manager for the Gripen demonstrator program. The aircraft has a new, more powerful engine derived from the F/A-18E/F, and new radar. Gripen will be able to carry heavier loads and has a longer range.