"The joint testing with FMV is one of the best ways to accelerate the Gripen test program," says Eddy De la Motte, Head of Saab’s Gripen E/F business unit, during the Gripen Seminar held in Stockholm, Sweden.
The main objective of conducting joint tests or joint verification and validation is to eliminate similar tests in order to save resources. Joint testing allows collaboration with the customers at an early stage of development which reduces the risk of late and expensive reworking. Conducting a consolidated programme like joint testing ensures optimal and efficient usage of the combined resources available.
Updating on the testing programme, Eddy says that Saab is testing tactical systems and sensors like IRST and AESA radars. “We have conducted a test flight with meteor already, and dropped external tanks. We will now start testing the EW system,” he says.
For Saab, joint testing is not really a new thing. Saab and FMV have coordinated testing programmes before as well. For Gripen E, ten ITTs have been established so far, in the areas of radar, IRST, decision support, aerial refueling, Mission Support System (MSS), pilot equipment/emergency systems, Electronic Warfare (EW), weapons, and operation and maintenance.
“Instead of us and our customers flying very similar sorties at different times to get information out of the aircraft, we fly the same sortie together to get the different information we need. This way of working together with complexed developments is very important for us and it helps us save time and money,” adds Eddy.
Watch the seminar here.