Military acquisition reports indicate that Saab has unveiled its much anticipated next generation of Gripen E fighter.
The unveiling comes three years before it makes its first delivery of 96 to the air forces of Sweden and Brazil.
The multi-role fighter is expected to undergo first of three tests before being handed over to the flight test department at the site (Swedish manufacturer’s Linköping site in Sweden).
Gripen E will make its debut flight before the end of 2016 according to the company.
The additional two Swedish test assets are already in different stages of structural assembly.
Multi-Role Fighter In Brief
Gripen E is a fully NATO-interoperable and a true multi-role fighter.
The fighter has outstanding availability tailored for the future Network Centric Warfare (NCW) environment.
Gripen E will meet the demanding operational requirements of the 21st century air forces and its unrivalled multi-role capability provides excellent tactical flexibility.
Gripen E expected to offer operational dominance, flexibility with superior mission survivability.
Has air-to air superiority, with METEOR, AMRAAM, IRIS-T, AIM-9 missile capability and super cruise.
Also has air-surface capability using the latest generation precision weapons and targeting sensors.
Gripen E’s superior situation awareness is ensured through AESA radar, IRST passive sensor, HMD, cutting-edge avionics, next generation data processing and a state-of-the-art cockpit.
Can maneuver on worst weather conditions even at night, detect and destroy a wide variety of targets, has advance data communications, satellite communications, video links among other functionalities.