The Finnish challenge accepted!
In harsh winter conditions Gripen E landed in Finland on Wednesday this week, followed by another one on Friday. The aircraft are participating in the Finnish HX fighter procurement programme's flight evaluations together with GlobalEye as we speak.
In connection to the flight evaluations, Saab had a Media Day hosted by the Finnish Air Force at the air base. The event gathered huge interest both from Finnish and international media. As many as 50 journalists participated in the two-hour-long brief about Saab’s HX offer to Finland and the state-of-the-art capabilities of Gripen E/F and GlobalEye, which is included in the offer for Finland.
Gripen E (39-10) was equipped with Meteor, IRIS-T and the Electronic Attack Jammer Pod.
The evaluation will continue during next week. According to the Finnish customer, a procurement decision in the HX Programme is anticipated in 2021.