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Brazilian pilots complete Gripen conversion training in Sweden

14th July 2023 - 16:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London


FAB pilots will undergo conversion to Gripen E aircraft in Brazil. (Photo: Saab)

The last group of Brazilian Air Force pilots has concluded their Gripen conversion training in Sweden. The training covered basic operation, combat readiness, and familiarity with the fighter jet's human-machine interface.

The final class of Brazilian Air Force (FAB) operational pilots have completed Delta Conversion Training onto Gripen fighter aircraft from the F-5M and AMX and will now undergo conversion onto Gripen E aircraft in Brazil.

The pilots are from 1st Air Defense Group (1st GDA) FAB and completed training on 13 June at the Gripen Centre, located at the F 7 Wing in Såtenäs, in the western region of Sweden.

The course, conducted by the Swedish Air Force’s Phoenix Squadron, is divided into two stages. The Conversion Training, with a duration of 11 weeks and 50 flights per pilot, covers the basic operation of the fighter jet in both solo and formation missions during day and night periods.

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The Combat Readiness Training includes 25 flights over approximately nine weeks, exploring the air-to-air combat capabilities of the fighter, including the use of missiles, cannons, and the human-machine interface

Maj Richard Carlqvist, commander of the Phoenix Squadron which conducted the training said: ‘The Brazilian pilots are highly trained and come here with extensive operational experience, both from the F-5M and AMX units. They quickly learned about the operation, configuration, and flying of Gripen’.

The conversion to Gripen E will be conducted within the scope of the 1st GDA and taught by selected Swedish pilots who will remain at the Anápolis air base as flight instructors.

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