Latest developments in Brazilian JAS-39E Gripen program

The latest developments in the Brazilian JAS-39E Gripen program were announced by Swedish firm Saab during the LAAD International Defense & Security Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

According to the company in 2018, the company’s engineers installed the engine and the Wide Area Display (WAD) on the first JAS-39E Gripen aircraft for Brazil, replacing all of the individual cockpit displays, while in 2019 the flight tests of this particular aircraft are planned to start in Linköping, Sweden.

This system together with the new HUD and the new helmet aiming sight was developed by the Brazilian company AEL, which is a subsidiary of Israeli Elbit Systems and in which the Brazilian company Embraer owns 25% of the shares.

Regarding the technology transfer program by the Swedish company in Brazil, 165 engineers have already been trained in Sweden and are now working at the Gripen Design and Development Center in São Paulo.