The first two serial production Gripen E fighters, called F-39 Gripen by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), arrived in Brazil on 1 April at the port of Navegantes, and completed their first flight in the country 6 April. The two Gripen E fighter aircraft flew from Navegantes International Airport to the Gripen Flight Test Center at the Embraer plant in Gavião Peixoto.
The Commander of the Brazilian Air Force, General Carlos de Almeida Baptista Junior said: “The arrival of the aircraft is the result of a project that sought from the beginning to increase our deterrent capabilities, as well as having the objective to foster research and industrial development in Brazil. We now have a state-of-the-art multi-mission aircraft that will be the main asset for guaranteeing the sovereignty of Brazilian airspace.”
The new fighters will remain at the Gripen Flight Test Center until the aircraft obtain the Military Type Certificate. The two fighter jets are part of the 36 Gripen aircraft acquired by the Brazilian Air Force in 2014.
Jonas Hjelm, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Aeronautics at Saab stated: “Brazil actively participates in the development, flight test campaign and production of fighter jets, as part of the broad technology transfer package to the Brazilian defence industry. The arrival of the two serial production aircraft is a result of this great collaboration.”