This Video Shows A Gripen Test Pilot Flying The Jet’s Full Display Programme And Pulling 9g

A pretty interesting video that includes g-forces details: – 3 to +9g.

Disclaimer: the following video is obviously marketing stuff. Still, it’s interesting enough to deserve a post on this blog.

It shows the Saab Gripen display, filmed with a camera attached to the pilot’s helmet complemented by acceleration details. Therefore, it gives an idea of the g-forces on André Brännström, Saab test pilot, as he performs extreme aerobatics with the JAS-39 Gripen C light single-engine multirole fighter aircraft. Note the g-units going up and down from +9 to – 3!

The aircraft in the C/D variants is operated by the Air Forces of Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, South Africa and Thailand. The Brazilian Air Force ordered 28 Gripen E and 8 Gripen F aircraft with 72 more to be ordered.

The Swedish Gripens have taken part to the Air War in Libya in 2011.


On May 18, 2016, Saab unveiled the new variant of the Gripen fighter, designated Gripen E. The aircraft made its first flight on Jun. 15, 2017.

The Gripen E is a new multirole variant of the Swedish fighter based on the proven C/D platforms tailored for the future Network Centric Warfare (NCW) environment. The aircraft is much similar to its predecessors, an IRST bump in front of the cockpit in the nose section as well as the missile warning system on the air intakes are the main external differentiators. According to Saab, Gripen E offers operational dominance and flexibility with superior mission survivability. Air-to-air superiority is guaranteed with METEOR, AMRAAM, IRIS-T, AIM-9 missile capability and supercruise.

Air-to-surface capability is assured through the use of the latest generation precision weapons and targeting sensors. Gripen E’s superior situation awareness is ensured through an AESA radar, IRST passive sensor, HMD, cutting-edge avionics, next generation data processing and a state-of-the-art cockpit.

H/T Fredrik Öberg for the heads up!

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  1. The Gripen is a very impressive aircraft. I think it is on the same level as Typhoon and Rafale. Why don’t Europe’s defence industries join together to develope one type of aircraft instead of 3?

    • Politics, requirements, costs, etc. The Typhoon procurement is difficult enough. If all of the Europe banded together you’d have parts being made in many different countries making the supply chain logistics the biggest nightmare in the world. Then you’d have to compete with that many nations wanting different things. The Tornado had difficulty and the Typhoon has had difficulty just because of so many involved partners. Involving more would only add to the problems exponentially.

    • The reason is there’s no shareholder value in decreasing the total sum of European money spent on airspace-R&D.

    • That’s what the Eurofighter was intended to be, but then some states preferred to have their own aircraft to export.

  2. Wow, now this was intense !
    The first person view is scary during these high speed rolls so close to the ground.

  3. Take note how long the pilot holds High G manuevers (6+ lots of time at 8&9Gs). This is a real testament to the kind of spectacular physical condition of fighter pilots. Not only do they have to endure the High Gs, they have to fly in precision environments, maintain situational awareness, evade or deploy weapons.

    It is extrodinary! Kudos to these trained, conditioned professionals.

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