Gripen E fighter in the Brazilian assembly line

Gripen fighter assembly line in Brazil completes one year since opening

Saab celebrated the date by showing one of the 15 fighters that will be assembled at Embraer facilities and delivered to the Brazilian Air Force from 2025

Saab celebrated the first year of operation of the Gripen fighter assembly line in Brazil. In a short text, the Swedish company recalled that this was one of the stages of the transfer program established with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) within the agreement to sell 36 aircraft.

After a contractual change, the assembly line established at Embraer’s facilities in Gavião Peixoto was responsible for carrying out the final assembly of 15 Gripen E single-seat fighters. Previously, Brazil would be responsible for assembling eight two-seat Gripen F, but they will be finalized in Sweden.

“The production line, which is the only Gripen E production line outside of Sweden and the first to produce supersonic fighters in Latin America, is responsible for manufacturing 15 units of Brazilian Air Force fighters and will also be able to meet any future orders for Brazil or region,” Saab’s Facebook post said.

Aircraft in a similar stage to that seen at the factory inauguration

The Swedish company’s post brought one of the 15 partially assembled Gripen fighters, in an apparently slightly more advanced stage than the aircraft that was on site a year ago, during the inauguration ceremony.

To date, the FAB has received seven F-39Es, as they are designated in the country, and which operate from Anápolis Air Base. There is an eighth Gripen (FAB 4100) that has been used by Saab and Embraer for testing.

Gripen fighter assembled in Brazil in 2023 image (Saab)

Follow Air Data News: WhatsApp | Google News | Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook

According to Saab, the first Brazilian Gripen fighters will be delivered from 2025. Although most of the components are still sent from the headquarters in Sweden, there are also suppliers in Brazil, in addition to Saab’s own aerostructures unit.

The partnership between Saab and Embraer aims to establish Brazil as a potential producer of Gripen fighters for customers in the region. One of them could be Colombia, whose air force is looking for a replacement for the IAI Kfir fighters.


Popular posts

Previous Post
Iberia Express has a fleet of 12 A321neo

Head of Iberia confirms world premiere of Airbus A321XLR on flights to US

Next Post
FedEx Boeing 767-300F

Bill could give the Boeing 767 another 5 years in production – report

Related Posts