Saab Presents First Gripen E to Brazil
(Source: Saab; issued Sept. 10, 2019)
The ceremony marking the official hand-over of the first production Gripen E for Brazil, Brazilian Minister of Defense Fernando Azevedo e Silva (C) is flanked by the Swedish and Brazilian Force chiefs (L) and the CEO of Saab with a senior executive. (Saab photo)
Saab has taken another important step in the delivery of Gripen E to the Brazilian customer. Marked by a ceremony in Linköping, Sweden, on 10 September, the first Brazilian Gripen E aircraft was 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 10 September. The ceremony was attended by Fernando Azevedo e Silva, Brazilian Minister for Defence; Lieutenant Brigadier Antonio Carlos Moretti Bermudez, Chief of the Brazilian Air Force; Nelson Antonio Tabajara de Oliveira, Ambassador of Brazil to Sweden; Lieutenant Brigadier Carlos Augusto Amaral Oliveira, Chief of Staff of the Brazilian Air Force; Peter Hultqvist, Swedish Minister for Defence; Major General Mats Helgesson, Commander of the Swedish Air Force; and representing Saab Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO; and Jonas Hjelm, Senior Vice President and head of Saab business area Aeronautics.

“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,” says Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO of Saab.

“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,” says Fernando Azevedo e Silva, Brazilian Minister for Defence.

“The F-39 Gripen represents a significant technological leap in fighter aviation for the Brazilian Air Force. It is also a great example of collaborative development based on the transfer of technology and on the promotion of the defence industry. Thus, the Brazilian Air Force now has a new multi-mission platform for the fulfilment of its actions to control, defend and integrate the national territory. Since its conception, the Gripen programme has benefitted the Brazilian society. I am very happy to be part of this historical moment for fighter aviation in Brazil,” says Lieutenant Brigadier Antonio Carlos Moretti Bermudez, Chief of the Brazilian Air Force.


Saab video of the Sept. 10 official presentation of the first Brazilian Gripen E to the customer at Saab’s headquarters in Linköping, Sweden. The first aircraft will reach Brazil by the end of 2020.


The partnership with Brazil started in 2014 with the contract (order value 39.3 BSEK) 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.

The Brazilian Gripen E/F aircraft are developed and produced with the participation of Brazilian technicians and engineers. This integration is part of the transfer of technology and aims to provide practical knowledge necessary for the execution of these same activities in Brazil. Starting in 2021, the complete aircraft assembly of 15 aircraft will begin in Brazil. Development of the two-seat Gripen F is progressing with extensive activities at Gripen Design and Development Network in Gavião Peixoto, Brazil. Gripen F deliveries are expected to start in 2023.

Gripen E builds on the successful design of earlier versions. Gripen is a modern fighter with a balanced design equipped with all you can ask for from a multirole fighter.

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 platform for test pilot training.

F-39 is the Brazilian Air Force designation for Gripen.


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Brazil Receives Gripen F-39 Aircraft in Sweden
(Source: Brazilian Ministry of Defence; issued September 10, 2019)
(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)
LINKÖPING, Sweden --- The first Brazilian aircraft Gripen was delivered on Tuesday (Sept. 10), by the company Saab, in Linköping, Sweden. The flight test program can now begin.

Initially, the flight tests will be carried out in Sweden until, at the end of 2020, the aircraft will go to Brazil to continue the testing campaign. In 2021, deliveries will begin to the Brazilian Air Force.

The ceremony marking the delivery of the first aircraft was attended by Brazilian Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo, Brazilian Air Force Commander Lieutenant Brigadier Antonio Carlos Moretti Bermudez, Brazilian Ambassador to Sweden, Nelson Antonio Tabajara de Oliveira Swedish Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist, Swedish Air Force Commander Major General Mats Helgesson, Saab President and CEO Håkan Buskhe, and Saab Senior Vice President and Head of Aeronautics Business, Jonas Hjelm.

During the ceremony, Fernando Azevedo stressed that "Gripen increases the operational capacity of the Brazilian Air Force and promotes a partnership that ensures technology transfer to Brazil, fosters research and industrial development in both countries."

The Brazilian Air Force Commander emphasized that the F-39 Gripen "represents a significant technological leap in fighter aviation, but also a successful example of collaborative development, based on technology transfer and development of the defense industrial base."

Lieutenant Brigadier Antonio Carlos Moretti Bermudez also said that Gripen has already brought benefits to Brazilian society since its inception. The partnership with Swedish Saab began in 2014 with the contract for the development and production of 36 Gripen E / F fighters for the Brazilian Air Force, including related systems, support and equipment.

Saab is driving the development of the local aerospace industry through its partner companies in the Brazilian Gripen program, which includes a large technology transfer program to Brazil, which will be delivered over approximately ten years.

Brazilian Gripen E / F aircraft are developed and produced with the participation of Brazilian technicians and engineers. This integration is part of technology transfer and aims to provide the practical knowledge needed to perform these same activities in Brazil.

From 2021, the complete assembly of 15 aircraft will begin in Brazil. Development of the two-place Gripen F is progressing with comprehensive activities at the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN) Center in Gavião Peixoto, São Paulo.

Gripen F deliveries are expected to begin in 2023.

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