Saab Launches Gripen And GlobalEye (Using Bombardier Global 6000) Evaluations For Finland
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February 1, 2020 - by Gareth Jennings, Tampere-Pirkkala Airbase for janes.com
Saab has officially launched the flight evaluation phase of its Gripen E/F fighter and GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for Finland's HX programme.
Gripen E test aircraft 39-10 arrived at Tampere-Pirkkala Airbase north of Helsinki the day prior to Saab's media day to mark the commencement of its HX Challenge on 30 January, although due to poor weather conditions it was decided not to fly until the following day.
The single-seat 39-10 (the first production standard Gripen E) was joined by the twin-seat Gripen NG demonstrator 39-7 (sensor testbed) on 31 January.
A GlobalEye did fly from Saab's facility in Linköping, Sweden, on 30 January with a Finnish Air Force delegation on board. This aircraft will continue to fly out of Linköping for the duration of the evaluation as that is
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