The promising Swedish light fighter JAS-39E Gripen successfully passed the cold test this winter. Checking the operation of the onboard systems and engines of the "competitor" of our MiG-35 was carried out at an air temperature of -20 to -26 degrees Celsius.
During testing, a combat aircraft made several flights at low temperatures, landing with braking on an icy runway. In addition, the engine was tested after “freezing” - long-term aircraft downtime (several days) without starting and warming up the power plants.
Recall that the family of JAS-39 Gripen fighters was adopted by Sweden in 1997. The promising Gripen E was developed based on the Gripen NG demonstrator, which was created to assess the modernization potential of a combat aircraft.
The new version of the light class fighter equipped with advanced American engines F414G. Like the Russian MiG-35, the aircraft received increased fuel tanks and the ability to carry a larger (compared to the previous model) combat load.
It is worth noting that a promising Swedish fighter will be able to cruise a supersonic flight without using the afterburner mode. Moreover, its duration is limited only by the amount of fuel in the tanks.
Among other things, it is known that Gripen E received updated communications equipment, an infrared search and tracking system and protection, which includes a warning about the approach of a rocket and radar exposure.