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First Saab Gripen E for Brazil makes first flight

27 August 2019
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The first Saab Gripen E fighter being developed for Brazil made its first flight on 26 August in Linköping, Sweden. Source: Saab

The first Saab Gripen E multirole fighter being developed for Brazil, 39-6001, made its first flight on 26 August, Saab said in a statement.

The flight lasted 65 minutes and included test points to verify basic handling and flying qualities at different altitudes and speeds. The aircraft operated from Saab's airfield in Linköping, Sweden. The first flight took place less than five years since the contract was signed, according to Saab President and CEO Håkan Buskhe.

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