For the first time a Gripen E aircraft has completed a test flight with the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM).
The flight included two Meteor missiles and the Gripen E aircraft (designated 39-8) was operated from Saab’s airfield at Linköping, Sweden.
“The aircraft continues to perform as smoothly as we have seen through-out the whole flight test phase flying with external stores. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming steps in the flight test programme, taking us closer and closer to completing weapon integration. Meteor makes Gripen E extremely capable in the air dominance role”, said Robin Nordlander, Gripen experimental test pilot, Saab.
This test with Meteor is a part of the weapon integration progress in the Gripen E test programme and marks an important milestone in the agreement with the Swedish customer.
The next step is to continue to fly with different configurations and gradually expand the flight envelope.