Gripen E Fighter moves to mass production phase

Saab announced this week that the Gripen E, a major improvement on the original Gripen fighter design, has now entered the delivery phase. Six production planes have left the factory and are currently being prepared and tested before being delivered to the aircraft’s two customers. Four of these aircraft are intended for the Força Aérea Brasiliana and two for the Swedish Flygvapnet.

This milestone was highlighted during a high-level presentation at the Saab plant in Linköping on November 24, which was attended by the commanders of the two air forces: General Carlos de Almeida Baptista Junior of Brazil and Major General Carl -Johan Edström from Sweden. Personalities from Saab, including Chairman and CEO Micael Johansson, were also present.

“The start of the serial delivery phase is an extremely important achievement for the Gripen program. This shows that we have a mature product and that we are fulfilling our contractual obligations, ”said Johansson. “All of this has been possible thanks to our smart working methods, innovative production technologies and close collaboration with customers. “

During the visit, the Brazilian and Swedish delegations discussed joint activities and were presented with displays of the new aircraft in the air and on the ground. They also visited and experienced the mission training simulator.

“It is a pleasure to follow the completion of a new milestone in the delivery process of the F-39 Gripen aircraft, which will lead the evolution of the Brazilian Air Force‘s combat capability.” , commented General Baptista Junior. “This project represents a new technological level for Brazil and it is of fundamental importance in the development of our defense industrial base.

During the visit, the Brazilian and Swedish delegations discussed joint activities and were presented with displays of the new aircraft in the air and on the ground. They also visited and experienced the mission training simulator.

Eight Gripen Es line up on the Linköping runway, including four production F-39Es for Brazil and a mix of Swedish production and test aircraft. (Photo: Saab)

Saab flew the first of three test aircraft (Series 39-8, -9 and -10) on June 15, 2017. The first production aircraft flew on August 26, 2019. After testing in Sweden, it was shipped in Brazil in September 2020 to continue testing. The first for Sweden, also for testing, flew on December 3, 2019.

Sweden has 60 JAS 39E single-seaters under contract, while Brazil has ordered 28 F-39E single-seaters. The first 13 are to be built and assembled in Sweden, with assembly taking place in Brazil for the next eight. The last seven, plus eight F-39F two-seaters, will be produced entirely in Brazil. An industrial group led by Embraer is leading the two-seater development program, with the first aircraft already under construction.

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