The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has revealed production details for the 36 Saab Gripen E/F (F-39) combat aircraft it ordered for around USD5.4 billion in 2014, and told Jane’s on 5 October that deliveries will run from 2019 to 2024.
Brazil’s Gripens will begin a certification process in January 2019, and single-seat and twin-seat flight test instrumentation aircraft will perform first flights in July 2019 and October 2021, respectively.
Saab will fully manufacture 13 aircraft, and the remainder will have Brazilian participation.
An initial 11 serial-production single-seat Gripen E aircraft are to be delivered between October and November 2021, and the remaining eight single-seat aircraft will be initially built by Saab with on-the-job training for Brazilians and final assembly done in Brazil. More than 350 Brazilians will receive training in Sweden through 2024, a Saab spokesperson told Jane’s .
Embraer Defense and Security will play a major role in the programme and fully produce eight single-seat Gripen E and seven Gripen F twin-seat aircraft starting in June 2020, with the first Embraer-built E-model to be delivered in August 2022 and first F-model in September 2023.
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