The Gripen-E technology demonstrator in 2010 (Image © Marcel Burger)

Made in Brazil: the SAAB Gripen

The Gripen-E technology demonstrator in 2010 (Image © Marcel Burger)
The Gripen-E technology demonstrator in 2010 (Image © Marcel Burger)

SAAB is all about being Swedish, one might think, but concerning it’s most advanced fighter jet that image might soon change. The JAS 39 Gripen-E/F that the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB) is about to buy will have a whole different label: Made in Brazil.

About a whole 80% of the advanced fighter jet that is. Lennart Sindahl, one of SAAB’s leading managers, confirmed this weekend to Swedish quality newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) that the co-operation SAAB is about to start with Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer will be profound and thorough.

“We will have two Gripen production lines: one with Embraer and one with SAAB in Linköping in Sweden. How much work will be done in Sweden depends on how quickly the Brazilian government wants to have the Gripen, but 80 percent is a good preliminary calculation”, Sindahl is quoted by SvD.

The SAAB manager confirms that Embraer will take a leading role in developing the two-seat variant of the next-generation Gripen, the Gripen-F. The FAB is planning to acquire about a dozen of these operational trainers. The single-seat Gripen-E is already in full-development in Linköping.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger

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