Flying The Fighter of Tomorrow
CNBC’s Managing Editor Shereen Bhan was in Linköping last week to see what goes behind the production of Gripen E and experience a flight in Gripen.
Bhan traveled to Sweden for CNBC-TV18’s special series ‘Make In India: A New Deal For Defence’. Saab has made public its offer to develop, manufacture and assemble Gripen fighters in India should the country choose it.
Bhan flew with Saab’s Wing Commander Flying, Hans Einerth, who showed her the agility and speed of the aircraft during the 55 minutes sortie. She had the control for ten minutes.
For Bhan, it was a memorable ride. She has almost lived her entire life near air force bases as her father was a fighter pilot. “It was one of the coolest moments of my life,” she says.