The South African Air Force’s first of 28 Gripen C/D multirole fighters completed a 1h 10min debut flight from Saab’s Linköping site in Sweden on 11 November. South Africa’s first of nine Gripen Ds will be transferred to the country next August for avionics and weapon system integration trials, starting with air-to-ground stores. The air force will accept its first operational aircraft in March 2008.


Source: Flight International