Saab company started to assemble the latest generation aircraft Gripen E, reports evertiq.se. First prototype aircraft will receive the index «39-8» and its first flight is planned for 2015.
Construction Gripen E begins with the production and assembly of all parts of the fuselage: naikrupneyshim and more labor-intensive parts of the airframe. These parts will then be combined and assembled into a complete airframe. Then followed a period rich period cabling, mounting systems, exterior panels and other equipment. In the current time at Saab in the development and manufacture of Gripen E employs more than 1,000 people.
Experienced «39-8» will be the first full experimental version of Gripen E and will be used to demonstrate the new features and capabilities. Technological capabilities of Gripen E were practiced in the program demo aircraft Gripen 39-7 E / F, who has performed more than 250 flight hours, including in countries such as Sweden, England, India and Switzerland (in Emmen in October 202 years, January and April 2013th) since 2008.
Gripen E has a more powerful engine, the increased volume of internal fuel tanks, more guns highest ability, the newest digital cockpit and more than modern avionics. February 15, Saab pordpisala contract with FMV on the development and delivery of 60 fighters Fripen E in 2013-26 years. and, perhaps, for the manufacture of Swiss Gripen E.