The Gripen NG Demo is now flying with new extra large drop-tanks. Instead of the more traditional 300 gallon tanks used by Gripen C/D these new external tanks can carry 450 gallons of fuel each.
Image: The new drop-tanks are here seen in a combination with IRIS-T, Meteor and Paveway. Photo credit: Stefan Kalm.
Combined with added spaces for internal fuel and a more fuel efficient engine Gripen NG will get substantially longer range and more time on station. The new drop-tanks are made by RUAG in Switzerland.
Images of Gripen NG Demo flying with the new drop-tanks are available in Saab’s Image bank.