Saab, Embraer Launch Final Assembly Line for Gripen E Jets in Brazil

  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 03:50 PM, May 10, 2023
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Saab, Embraer Launch Final Assembly Line for Gripen E Jets in Brazil
Saab's Gripen Aircraft in Brazil

Saab and Embraer on Tuesday inaugurated the production line for Gripen E in Brazil, at Embraer´s plant in Gavião Peixoto (São Paulo State).
The inauguration of the final assembly line, which is the only one for Gripen E outside of Sweden, marks the delivery of one of the most significant contributions to the Gripen fighter ecosystem in Brazil.
The Embraer plant in Gavião Peixoto with the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN), the Gripen Flight Test Center (GFTC), and now the assembly line, is home to the development, production and testing stages of the aircraft.
Since the signing of the contract to supply 36 Gripen fighters – 28 Gripen E (single seater) and 8 Gripen F (twin seater) - to the Brazilian Air Force in 2014, Saab and Embraer have been working together on technology transfer for setting up th production line.

Saab, Embraer Launch Final Assembly Line for Gripen E Jets in Brazil
Gripen E

"Here, we will produce 15 of the 36 aircraft currently contracted to the Brazilian Air Force. The aim is also to produce here any future Gripen orders from Brazil as well as other countries. We want Brazil to become an export hub to Latin America and potentially other regions”, said Micael Johansson, President and CEO of Saab.
"Since the beginning, Embraer has played a relevant role in the Gripen programme, participating, for instance, in the development of the Brazilian version of the twin-seater aircraft. As a natural evolution of this relationship, we hope that we can soon expand our business together into new markets,” said Bosco da Costa Junior, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security.
The production line at Embraer receives the aerostructures produced at the Saab plants in Linköping (Sweden) and São Bernardo do Campo (São Paulo State, Brazil).

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