Maiden Flight First South African Gripen
The aircraft will now undergo a thorough inspection and systems validation, followed by more flight tests later this month. It will be transferred to South Africa in August 2006 joining the flight development program to integrate South Africa's custom avionics and weapons systems.
South Africa ordered 28 Gripen multi-role fighters in 1999, together with 24 BAE Systems Hawk advanced jet trainers. The Gripen fighters will be delivered to the SAAF from 2008 onwards.