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New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Europe) Apr 22, 2012

Saab Swiss Air Force pilots fly Gripen E/F Test Aircraft in Sweden. Under clear blue skies, a team of test pilots and flight test engineers from the Swiss Air Force and the Swiss federal defence procurement agency, Armasuisse, visited Saab in Linkping in Sweden to perform test flights with the Gripen E/F test aircraft. On 30 November last year the Federal Council selected Gripen E/F as the preferred candidate to replace the Swiss Air Force's ageing fleet of Northrop F-5E/F Tiger. The Swiss Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (DDPS) was commissioned to start discussions with Saab and the Swedish Government to optimize Saab's offer. The negotiations continue according to plan and the test flights in Sweden are part of the on-going process. The three day programme, conducted between 2-4 May, included simulator training and four test flights. The test flights focused on air defense and air policing mission profiles with different weapon configurations, which included IRIS-T as well as both METEOR and AMRAAM. OWe tested the flight performance simulating an operational air defense mission profile. The flight was packed with test points. We were able to perform them all. A successful flightO, Lt Col Fabio Antognini, Swiss Air Force OWe performed flight performance tests using an air policing scenario. We simulated a quick reaction alert and a maximum performance intercept to high altitude and supersonic speed. We tested the engine in the entire envelope and are pleased with the results.O says Bernhard Berset, Chief Test Pilot at Armasuisse. The Gripen E/F test programme is running according to plan. In the upcoming fourth phase of testing, Saab continues to integrate new leading-edge technologies which includes further enhancement of the avionics and displays...

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