Saab delays 1st Gripen E flight to meet software requirements

Saab has chosen to delay its Gripen E´s first flight schedule by up to six months in order to meet self-imposed software qualification requirements, the company said.

The company said the fighter remains on schedule for delivery to the Swedish and Brazilian air forces from 2019. It expects the first flight window to be in the second quarter of 2017. It had expected to fly the new model before the end of 2016.

The company said it chose to qualify its distributed integrated modular avionics (DIMA) design to commercial standards prior to first flight, with the activity to be validated by Sweden´s Flygi military aviation authority.

Saab Group is a Swedish aerospace and defense company, founded in 1937. From 1947 to 1990 it was the parent company of automobile manufacturer Saab Automobile.