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Gripen E in Finland

Cold climat test - Harsh weather no match for Gripen E

As part of a lager weather test compaign, Saab flew Gripen E to northern Sweden this winter and conducted several tests. The tests proved that harsh weather is no match for Gripen E. 

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The purpose of the tests at Vidsel air base was to see how Gripen E operates in this type of climate with regard to maintenance, normal start-ups, flights, landings and braking on a naturally snow and ice covered landing strip.

"The weather conditions were on our side and we were able to perform several normal start-ups and flights in temperatures spanning from -20 to -26 degrees celsius. The result was above expectations and we got a lot of really valuable data to review, says Katarina Milososka, test aircraft coordinator at Saab, and responsible for the campaign in Vidsel.
The cold weather test is a part of a larger weather test campaign for Gripen E, called World Wide Climate Campaign. Up next is hot climate tests in Sweden followed by hot and humid tests in Brazil.