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LAAD 2017: Gripen incoming

6th April 2017 - 18:38 GMT | by Tim Fish in Rio de Janeiro

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The first flight of the Brazilian Air Force's new Gripen E fighter will take place in the second quarter of 2017.

Mikael Franzen, DG of Gripen Brazil at Saab Aeronautics, said that the programme to deliver 36 aircraft under the FX-2 programme is on track and the company is engaged in flight testing of the fighters.

So it appears the Brazilian AF main priority programme will continue despite the country's economic woes. The contract between the AF and Saab was signed in 2013 and is worth $4.5 billion. Franzen said that this price was in line with Brazilian AF expectations.

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Tim Fish is a special correspondent for Shephard Media. Formerly the editor of Land Warfare …

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