The first Brazilian Gripen E aircraft has been delivered to start the flight test programme
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.
A ceremony to mark this important milestone was held in Linköping, Sweden on September 10. The ceremony was attended by dignitaries including the Brazilian Minister for Defence, the Chief of the Brazilian Air Force, the Ambassador of Brazil to Sweden, Chief of Staff of the Brazilian Air Force; the Swedish Minister for Defence; the Commander of the Swedish Air Force The President and CEO of Saab, Håkan Buskhe, said: “Together with the Brazilian industry, I am proud to be part of building a long-term strategic partnership with Brazil and the Brazilian Air Force. With Gripen Brazil will have one of the most advanced fighters in the world and the technology transfer programme will allow Brazil to develop, produce and maintain supersonic fighters.
“Gripen increases the operational capacity of the Brazilian Air Force and boosts a partnership that ensures transfer of technology to Brazil, fosters research and industrial development in both countries,” said Fernando Azevedo e Silva, Brazilian Minister for Defence.
The partnership with Brazil started in 2014 with the contract for the development and production of 36 Gripen E/F for the Brazilian Air Force, including related systems, support and equipment. Saab is driving the development of the local aeronautics industry through its national partners in the Brazilian Gripen programme, which includes a comprehensive transfer of technology programme to Brazil, to be delivered over approximately ten years.