Gripen Flight Test Centre

The Gripen Flight Test Centre (GFTC) is a Saab Aerospace and a South African Air Force accredited flight test facility that is operated by Incomar Aeronautics in collaboration with the South African Air Force and Saab Aerospace.

The GFTC is located at the South African Air Force Test Flight and Development Centre (TFDC) on Air Force Base Overberg, adjacent to Denel OTB (Overberg Test Range) at the southern most tip of Africa.

The GFTC is an advanced flight test support facility with internationally trained and experienced personnel.

The GFTC has the following core flight test execution capabilities:

  • Flight Test Operations
  • Flight Test Control Room
  • Flight Test Instrumentation
  • Telemetry Ground Station
  • Secure Telemetry Data Capture and Storage
  • Data Processing
  • Data Analysis
  • Logistic Support

The layout of the GFTC is optimized to host flight test operations in a secure working environment with facilities such as:

  • Hangar Bay (TFDC hangar section)
  • Flight Test Control Centre
  • Telemetry Ground Station
  • Secure Telemetry Storage Facilities
  • Secure IT Networks and Communication
  • Facility Security and Fire Protection System
  • Stores and Inventory Control System
  • Aircrew Changing Facilities
  • Offices for Personnel and Customer Test Teams
  • Board Room


  • Denel OTB (Overberg Test Range)
  • Air Force Base Overberg
  • South African Air Force TFDC