The Brazilian Air Pressure (FAB) held a ceremony on 19 December on the Anápolis Air Base (BAAN) marking the start of operational actions of the Gripen E fighters (known as Gripen F-39 in Brazil) by the First Air Protection Group (1st GDA). This necessary buyer milestone follows the flight check section in Brazil that began in September 2020 with the arrival of the check plane within the nation, and which had been performed on the Gripen Flight Take a look at Middle (GFTC) positioned on the Embraer plant in Gavião Peixoto. On the occasion two Gripen fighters made a presentation flight led by FAB pilots Lieutenant Colonel Gustavo Pascotto, Commander of the first GDA, and Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Lincoln Santos Fórneas. The Brazilian pilots carried out their coaching with Gripen E in Sweden. In addition they practiced for in the present day’s flight on the mission trainers, that are put in on the Anápolis Air Base.

“The beginning of operational actions with Gripen E by the Brazilian Air Pressure (FAB) is a particularly necessary day. It marks the start of a brand new operational period for FAB but in addition is the results of years of arduous work achieved in partnership with the Air Pressure and with our Brazilian business companions: Embraer, AEL Sistemas, Akaer, Atech, and our personal subsidiaries in Brazil. Brazil now has one of the superior fighters on the planet. That is presently essentially the most in depth ongoing expertise switch programme in Brazil and it’s positively the biggest one ever achieved by any Swedish firm, bringing to the Brazilian defence business the information to develop, produce, check and preserve a sophisticated supersonic fighter. We’re very proud to be a strategic accomplice to Brazil,” mentioned Saab’s President and CEO Micael Johansson.


Operations Commander Basic Sérgio Roberto de Almeida; Commander of the Brazilian Air Pressure, Basic Carlos de Almeida Baptista Junior; Saab President and CEO Micael Johansson, Head of Saab’s Enterprise Space Aeronautics Jonas Hjelm; Head of Gross sales and Advertising for Saab’s enterprise space Aeronautics Mikael Franzén. (Photograph by Saab)?

In November, Saab achieved the certification vital for the army use of Gripen E, which attests that the plane has met sure airworthiness and flight security necessities which was an necessary step previous to operational actions with the FAB. This was granted by each the Swedish and Brazilian army authorities, represented by the Swedish Army Aviation Security Inspectorate (FLYGI) and the Industrial Fostering and Coordination Institute (IFI) in Brazil. The joint certification displays the synergy obtained by the technical cooperation between the 2 authorities in every nation.

The Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin) is a light-weight single-engine multirole fighter plane manufactured by the Swedish aerospace and protection firm Saab AB. The Gripen has a delta wing and canard configuration with relaxed stability design and fly-by-wire flight controls. Later plane are totally NATO interoperable. To market the plane internationally, Saab fashioned partnerships and collaborative efforts with abroad aerospace firms. A significant redesign of the Gripen collection, beforehand known as Gripen NG (Subsequent Technology) or Tremendous JAS, now designated JAS 39E/F Gripen started deliveries to the Swedish Air Pressure and Brazilian Air Pressure in 2019. Modifications from the JAS C to JAS E embody a bigger fuselage, a extra highly effective engine, an elevated weapons payload functionality, and new cockpit, avionics structure, digital warfare system and different enhancements.

Brazilian Air Force operational pilots landing at the Anápolis Air Base in Brasil
Brazilian Air Pressure operational pilots touchdown on the Anápolis Air Base in Brasil. (Photograph by Saab)