Gripen E Declared Operational in Brazil

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Gripen E Declared Operational in Brazil
Brazilian Gripen F-39 fighters @FAB

The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) held a ceremony Monday at the Anápolis Air Base (BAAN) marking the beginning of operational activities of Gripen E (Gripen F-39) fighters by the First Air Defense Group (1st GDA).

This milestone follows the flight test phase in Brazil that started in September 2020 with the arrival of the test aircraft in the country, and which were conducted at the Gripen Flight Test Center (GFTC) located at the Embraer plant in Gavião Peixoto.

At the event, two Gripen fighters made a presentation flight led by FAB pilots Lieutenant Colonel Gustavo Pascotto, Commander of the 1st GDA, and Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Lincoln Santos Fórneas. The Brazilian pilots carried out their training with Gripen E in Sweden. They also practiced for today’s flight on the mission trainers, which are installed at the Anápolis Air Base.

Gripen E Declared Operational in Brazil
Brazilian Gripen F-39 fighters @FAB

In November, Saab achieved the certification necessary for the military use of Gripen E, which attests that the aircraft has met certain airworthiness and flight safety requirements which was an important step prior to operational activities with the FAB. This was granted by both the Swedish and Brazilian military authorities, represented by the Swedish Military Aviation Safety Inspectorate (FLYGI) and the Industrial Fostering and Coordination Institute (IFI) in Brazil. The joint certification reflects the synergy obtained through the technical cooperation between the two authorities in each country.

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