|Title*:||Gripen E/F Test Aircraft Makes Public Debut In Switzerland|
|Description:||The Gripen E/F Test Aircraft has now been introduced to the Swiss people. It happened yesterday during the Swiss Air Force spectacular annual flight demonstration at the Axalp-Ebenfluh shooting range.|
Every year, this event attracts thousands of spectators that hike up the mountain for hours to reach the shooting range, which is situated at more than 2, 000 meters above sea level. This year was no exception and it is estimated that approximately 10, 000 people witnessed the event.
The Gripen E/F Test Aircraft was flown by a Swiss pilot in the front seat, with a Saab test pilot in the back seat.
Saab took the aircraft to Switzerland after having been invited by armasuisse, which is responsible for the acquisition process of a new fighter to replace the Swiss Air Force´s ageing fleet of F-5 Tiger. The Swiss government officially declared their type selection of Gripen as the replacement in November last year.
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