Saab Presents First Gripen E to Brazil

Saab Presents First Gripen E to Brazil 16 September, 2019

Swedish manufacturer Saab has presented the first Brazilian Gripen E fighter aircraft during a ceremony in Linköping, Sweden, to begin the flight test program. The ceremony was attended by representatives from Brazilian Air Force, Swedish Air Force, Saab, and defence ministers of the two countries.

Initially, flight tests will be performed in Sweden and by the end of 2020, the aircraft will move to Brazil to continue the flight test campaign in the country. In 2021, deliveries to the Brazilian Air force will begin.

Saab received a contract worth more than US$ 4bn in 2014 to produce and deliver 36 Gripen E/F fighter aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force. The company expects to commence Gripen E aircraft deliveries in 2021 and Gripen F from 2023.

The order includes 28 Gripen E and eight two-seated Gripen F aircraft.

The milestone comes after Saab completed the maiden flight of the first Brazilian Gripen E in Linköping last month. The flight of the aircraft, with serial number 39-6001, lasted 65 minutes and tested basic handling and flying capabilities at varying heights and speeds.

Five nations currently operate Gripen: Sweden, South Africa, Czech Republic, Hungary and Thailand, and is soon to be joined by Brazil. The UK Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) uses Gripen as a platform for test pilot training.

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