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First of 36 Saab F-39E Gripen fighter aircraft arrives in Brazil

Friday, September 25th 2020 - 08:09 UTC
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In 2014, Brasilia ordered 36 Gripen E/F fighters, called the F-39E/F by the Brazilian air force In 2014, Brasilia ordered 36 Gripen E/F fighters, called the F-39E/F by the Brazilian air force
The deal includes production in Brazil of 15 the aircraft, as well as a technology transfer agreement; 350 Brazilian engineers trained on the fighter in Sweden The deal includes production in Brazil of 15 the aircraft, as well as a technology transfer agreement; 350 Brazilian engineers trained on the fighter in Sweden

The first Saab F-39E Gripen fighter arrived on a ship in the port of Navegantes, state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, on 20 September. The Brazilian variant of the Gripen E/F will be used for a flight-testing campaign, Saab said on 23 September, according to a report from Flight Global.

“It will be used for the verification of Brazilian specific functionality, such as communication system and weapon integration,” says the company. “The aircraft will also be used as a common test asset for the whole Gripen E/F test program.”

The Gripen E/F test program started in 2017 in Linkoping, Sweden, and is ongoing. The “F” variant of the Gripen is a two-seat aircraft.

“Activities in Brazil will include testing of flight control system, environmental control system as well as tests in the aircraft in tropical climate conditions,” says Saab. “In addition to the testing that is common for the Gripen E program, unique features of the Brazilian aircraft, such as weapons integration as well as the Link BR2 communication system – which provides encrypted data and voice communication between the aircraft – will be tested in Brazil.”

In 2014, Brasilia ordered 36 Gripen E/F fighters, called the F-39E/F by the Brazilian air force. The deal includes in-country production of 15 examples of the aircraft, as well as a technology transfer agreement that will see more than 350 Brazilian engineers and technicians trained on the fighter.

“So far more than 230 engineers have been trained in Sweden and are already back in Brazil, most of them working at the Gripen Design and Development Network at Embraer’s plant in Gaviao Peixoto,” says Saab.

“The Brazilian and Swedish engineers there are involved in development work for the Gripen E/F, in areas such as vehicle systems, aeronautical engineering, airframe design and systems installation, system integration, avionics, human-machine interaction and communications.”

The first F-39E, which just arrived in Brazil, was built in Sweden and has been undergoing flight tests there. Saab says the F-39E program is moving forward as scheduled. The first aircraft is set to enter service with Brazilian air force in 2021.

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  • Brasileiro

    Beautiful

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vELcbuWH2MU

    Sep 25th, 2020 - 04:43 pm 0
  • Chicureo

    Brasileiro

    Once the Brazilian pilots are fully rated — they will be ideal for a flank attack in partnership with the Colombian and US airforces to attack Venezuela.

    ¡Viva Brazil!

    Sep 26th, 2020 - 02:30 am 0
  • Pugol-H

    A surprising choice as at the time the Brazilians were talking a lot about the “blue Amazon”, I half expected them to buy F18s or at least something with a longer range and heavier payload than these Gripens have.

    They are very much a short range defensive fighter, which can land and take off from a Motorway.

    Swedish military thinking says the Russians will first attack their airfields, these Gripens can land, refuel and rearm then take off from almost any stretch of motorway.

    Some 30% of the Aircraft (by value) are British made systems, so we have done very well out of this.

    Thankyou Brazil.

    Sep 26th, 2020 - 03:56 pm 0
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