The Saab Gripen E/F test aircraft will make its debut in the Swiss Alps next week.
October 5: Next week the Saab Gripen E/F test aircraft will make its debut in the Swiss Alps during the Axalp flight demonstration by the Swiss Air Force.
The aircraft arrived in Switzerland on Wednesday morning after a non-stop flight from Linköping in Sweden. On October 10-11 the aircraft will participate in the annual flight demonstration by the Swiss Air Force at Axalp-Ebenfluh air force firing range. It will be based at Emmen air base where the two-seater test aircraft will be flown by Swiss pilots from armasuisse and from the Swiss Air Force, with a Saab test pilot in the back seat.
“It is an honour for us to have been invited to participate in this high-profile event and to have the opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of the next-generation Gripen to the Swiss Defence Forces as well as to the people in Switzerland”, said Richard Smith, Campaign Director Gripen Switzerland, Saab.
In addition to the Axalp flight demonstrations, the programme will include a presentation of the aircraft to the Swiss Defence Committees, both in the air and on the ground.