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.