S A A B A E RO S YS T E M S
Flight Testing & Veriﬁcation
UN request for peace enforcement and combat air patrol
“The Swedish Air Force Rapid Reaction Force (SWAFRAP) is participating in Sub-Saharan region ................................
in UN operations alongside NATO forces. A Swedish Gripen is about ........................................................
to refuel in mid-air. The tanker is in position. The Gripen is closing in.
All systems are good to go. Connection is established, refueling processes
are initiated …”
In our world, surprises
are seldom surprising.
The situation described above has not yet occurred. But it most
certainly will. And when that day comes, it’s good to know that the
Gripen has been checked for aerial refueling and interoperability;
that all systems have been thoroughly tested and verified by Saab’s
flight test specialists.
Actually, all aircraft developed by Saab have been flight-tested
by our own expert crews. This entails that Saab has comprehensive
experience in preparing, performing and evaluating all the various
aspects of flight testing. And that surprises are seldom surprising.
Our flight test operations provide all the resources required
for efficient flight testing – from skilled flight test engineers, method
specialists and military veteran test pilots, to advanced technical tools
such as highly modular flight-test instrumentation, software for
processing and analysis of data, and facilities that include hangars,
workshops, laboratories and test ranges in vast uninhabited areas.
Based on our experiences in testing the complex, highly inte-
grated systems in modern, fourth-generation military aircraft with
sophisticated avionics and weaponry, Saab also provides unique
knowledge in systems integration.
With Saab at your side, you’ll be prepared for the challenges of
today as well as those of tomorrow.
......long range....Dispersed, Austere airfields..........
......What’s needed to meet the demands successfully?
EXPERIENCE GAINED S YS T E M S I N T E G R AT I O N
More than sixty years’ The Gripen is designed to do
experience from flight testing. things never done before.
And we ensure that it can.
the avant-garde canard Viggen and the Are sensors and other parts of the information
first in-service fourth-generation fighter – system collecting, fusing, and displaying
the Gripen. information in a way that provides not just
Our extensive experience from designing situation awareness, but decision superiority
and developing military aircraft has given as well? Is the aircraft capable of carrying
Saab a strong position in the field of un- customers’ specific weapons, launching them
manned aerial vehicles (UAV). In maintaining from the aircraft and providing precision
this position, our flight test and verification engagement? The questions are numerous
capabilities are of vital importance. The Gripen is the first fourth-generation and we answer them all.
Today, Saab can perform the full spec- fighter on active duty and one of the world’s We have been doing this for more than
trum of aircraft or UAV flight testing at our most sophisticated and advanced aircraft. sixty years. This means that we have tested
home base or at test ranges in Sweden and In fact, it is more than an aircraft, it is a and verified a multitude of prototypes and
abroad, and operate ground control facilities system-of-systems consisting of more than versions, and thousands of modifications.
for manned as well as unmanned vehicles. sixty different systems integrated into a Each and every aspect of our produced air-
We conduct ground testing in rigs and labora- solution designed to provide multi-role as craft, military as well as commercial, has been
Saab’s flight test experience spans more than tories, and supply a wide range of software well as swing-role capabilities. subjected to our expertise. Over the years our
six decades of Swedish flight history. The tools for testing. We also provide flight test Our job is to make sure that every one skills have developed to cover a full spectrum
hangars and workshops built in the late-1930s consultancy, simulator test expertise and of these systems does its job properly. To test of flight test and verification capabilities.
when Saab developed its first aircraft were the offer platforms for stores or systems tests and verify that every single system, as well as Our experience is essential in the
foundation of Saab’s flight test operations. and training. the total solution, provides the capabilities development of the Gripen for the export
Since then, Saab has designed and devel- To sum it up, everything you could expect required and the performance intended. market. And additionally, the experience
oped a wide range of aircraft – military as well from a complete flight test partner. That means finding the answers to a lot gained from testing and verifying aircraft now
as commercial. And conducted flight testing of questions. constitutes a vital resource in the develop-
for each and every one of them. Are aircraft handling qualities according ment of unmanned aerial vehicles.
In our commercial range, the Saab 340 to specs? Do the avionics perform as expect- In other words, our flight testing story is
and Saab 2000 are the most renown. They are ed? Can the pilot focus on the mission and are still being written.
reliable, affordable and efficient regional air- the onboard systems supporting his needs?
craft, and in service all over the world.
However, most have been advanced
In August 2004, Saab conducted its first fully autonomous
technology, leading-edge combat aircraft,
flight with an unmanned aerial vehicle – the SHARC techni-
such as Europe’s first swept-wing jet fighter, cal demonstrator. The SHARC took off, flew and landed com-
The Saab B17 was the first aircraft Saab developed for the Swedish Air pletely according to plan and without any pilot assistance
the J29 Tunnan, the sound-barrier breaking
Force.The premiere test flight was in May 1940 at Saab in Linköping, whatsoever. The flight took place at a test site in Vidsel, in the
Lansen, the double-delta Mach 2+ Draken, and the first Saab B17 operational aircraft was delivered in the spring far north of Sweden and was planned, managed, supervised
of 1942. Development and testing of several different versions and and evaluated by the control center at Saab’s flight test
engines followed during the years of the Second World War. department in Linköping.
F L I G H T T E S T C A PA B I L I T E S … F I V E C O L L A B O R AT I V E C O N C E P T S
Greater than Saab provides a wide range of flight test
services and products, from a variety of air-
weapons and other systems. The Gripen has
been selected as a platform for test and veri-
the sum of its parts. borne services, ground tests in rigs and labo-
ratories, testing in simulators and verification
fication for the Meteor and IRIS-T missiles.
We can also operate other platforms for in-air
of simulators, to systems and equipment for evaluation of subsystems and equipment.
Saab’s flight test operations are complete and ity flash memories. Telemetry and secure voice measurement and flight test software.
comprehensive, providing all the capabilities communication, modern computers, displays Our services are based on five collabora- YOUR GROUND TESTER
required for professional flight testing. and software provide parameter monitoring, tive concepts: Saab can provide a wide range of ground
real-time analysis and comparison with pre- test resources, including environmental labora-
WE FLY dicted data. Combined with high-speed video YOUR FLIGHT TEST PARTNER tories that enable testing in various climates
Truly competent flight tests require up-to-date camera technology and photogrammetry With Saab at your side, you obtain access to and under different conditions and infrastruc-
knowledge of operational requirements.This is tools, Saab can ensure rapid processing and flight test and verification expertise gained tures for general system test rigs. Saab also
why our test pilots continue their operational highly accurate dynamics measurements. from the development, manufacture and test- has a unique rain erosion test facility, state-of-
flight duties with Gripen squadrons and have ing of complete aircraft. Our experience, the-art resources for ground vibration tests
experience from a variety of modern fighters, WE EVALUATE extensive knowledge and unique resources and a facility for test-firing aircraft guns under
subsequently enabling us to handle all aircraft All our evaluation operations are processed not only play a vital role in traditional flight G-loads.
activities independently, from flight line through Saab’s own dedicated computer cen- testing of aircraft, we also test and verify
preparations to testing aircraft modifications. ter, which uses a secure network with strong unmanned aerial vehicles, provide advanced YOUR SUPPLIER OF TEST CAPABILITIES
authentication and capable tools for evalua- training resources and participate in evalua- Tell us what you need and we will give
WE TEST tion, analysis and documentation. The Probo tion of helicopter capabilities. you suggestions for affordable and reliable
We are experts in testing and provide safe and Tools software, developed by Saab, is a com- solutions. We have long experience from
efficient methods for realizing and evaluating plete tool for pre- and post-processing of YOUR FLIGHT TEST SUPPORT development of compact state-of-the-art data
test results. This means our flight test engi- information to and from the data acquisition When your operations change or expand, acquisition systems with extremely high
neers participate in projects from early con- system, and for the data analyses performed or for any other reason put a strain on your capacities, and provide a wide range of soft-
cept definition, through testing, all the way by the flight test engineers. re-sources, Saab can provide the needed ware designed to promote efficient and
to delivery of analyzed data to customers. support. Our organization is flexible and our affordable flight test operations. With Saab at
And our test method specialists ensure the WE HAVE THE RIGHT skilled staff are very adaptive to customer your side, you have access to our extensive
ability to take on new test tasks, developing GROUND RESOURCES needs and requirements. This means that all program library for flight test data, providing
the methods, procedures and algorithms Saab has a laboratory infrastructure that our know-how, experience and resources can you with the means to configure measuring
required for safe and efficient tests. supports a wide range of test activities, be utilized to support customer operations. systems, store measuring data, collect data
from general a/c system rigs, such as flight from aircraft measuring systems, to fuse,
WE MEASURE control system/hydraulic system, fuel system, YOUR PLATFORM OPERATOR analyze and present test results.
To meet the most demanding instrumentation environmental control system, electrical A primary reason for our success as a platform In short, all you could ever ask of your
requirements, Saab has developed a highly power system and avionics systems, to envi- operator is our up-to-date knowledge of flight test partner and supplier of testing
modular flight test data acquisition system. ronmental tests in laboratories. Saab can also operational requirements gained through our resources.
It is compact, has high capacity, low volume, offer facilities for live-fire tests requiring vast use of military pilots and the Gripen aircraft.
is equipped with standardized interfaces and uninhabited areas in northern Sweden and The Gripen is the first fourth-generation
distributes test data to the supervising test provide requisite support for aircraft tests as fighter in active service. This means that we
control center as well as onboard high capac- well as test teams. can provide a unique platform for testing
INDUSTRI · DANAGÅRDS · 0501 · 2000
Saab Aerosystems is a business unit
within the Saab Group and a leading
supplier of advanced integrated airborne
systems, cutting-edge subsystems and
cost-effective maintenance and service
Saab is one of the world’s leading high-
technology companies, with its main
operations focusing on defense, aviation
and space. The Group covers a broad
spectrum of competence and capability in
Saab develops, manufactures and deliv-
ers advanced products and services for
the defense market, as well as for those
commercial markets where its capabili-
ties create business opportunities.
The Group’s own strength and strategic
partnerships enable it both to compete
and collaborate in international markets.
S A A B A E RO S YS T E M S
Saab AB · Saab Aerosystems · SE-581 88 Linköping · Sweden
Tel +46 (0)13 18 00 00 · www.saabaerosystems.com