First Gripen to join Brazilian fleet in 2021

The first Brazilian Gripen E, designated by Brazilian Air Force (FAB) as F-39 Gripen, completed its first flight in Brazil. The aircraft fle...


The first Brazilian Gripen E, designated by Brazilian Air Force (FAB) as F-39 Gripen, completed its first flight in Brazil. The aircraft flew from the airport in Navegantes to Embraer´s facility in Gavião Peixoto.

The official presentation of the aircraft is scheduled to take place during the Aviator’s Day and the Brazilian Air Force Day ceremony in Brasilia, celebrated on the 23rd of October.

The flight test program in Brazil will include testing of flight control system, environmental control system as well as tests in the aircraft in tropical climate conditions. 

In addition, unique features of the Brazilian aircraft, such as weapons integration as well as the Link BR2 communication system - which provides encrypted data and voice communication between the aircraft - will be tested in Brazil.

The production aircraft will be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force, at Wing 2 in Anápolis (Goiás State), by the end of 2021.

The partnership with Brazil began in 2014 with a contract for the development and the production of 36 Gripen E/F aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force, including related systems, support and equipment. A comprehensive technology transfer program, which is being delivered over a period of ten years.

As of 2021, the complete assembly of 15 aircraft will commence locally. The development of the two-seat Gripen F is advancing with numerous activities at the Gripen Design and Development Centre (GDDN) in Gavião Peixoto.