The fuselage is being transported from Saab in Linköping to Istres, where Neuron's aft section is already located. This has been produced by HAI in Greece. At the end of February, structural parts will be arriving from RUAG in Switzerland, and the two wing halves being produced by EADS-CASA in Spain will arrive at the beginning of March.
The loading doors from Italy's Alenia, the landing gear doors from Saab, plus additional stealth components from Dassault will follow, before the ground tests scheduled for the last quarter of 2011 take place. The maiden flight is expected in mid-2012.
"For Saab, the remaining work mainly involves systems integration and flight testing. These are two of our specialist areas today, where we want to maintain our leading position," says Lennart Sindahl, head of the Aeronautics business area at Saab. "Neuron has helped us to develop our design and production methods, something that will benefit both civil and Gripen production," adds Lennart Sindahl. "Furthermore, the Neuron programme has led to greater cooperation between the participating European countries."