FIRST SERIES PRODUCTION JAS 39E
SAAB HAS FLOWN the first series production JAS 39 Gripen E (serial 39-6002), painted in a striking splinter scheme. The flight on November 30 saw Henrik Wänseth from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets materielverk, FMV) in the cockpit for the 76-minute mission. It is the first Gripen E to feature the new wide-area display (WAD) and larger head-up display and it is joining the test program for acceptance and operational development flights.
This is the fifth Gripen E, following 39-8 (first flown on June 15, 2017), 39-9, 39-10, and the first Brazilian aircraft (4100), which flew on August 26, 2019. Sweden is due to receive 60 Gripen Es and Brazil has ordered an initial batch of 28 Gripen Es and eight twin-seat Gripen Fs.