A further two Saab F-39E Gripens have been delivered to Brazil, where they will join the Força Aérea Brasileira's (FAB; Brazilian Air Force's) growing fleet.
The two aircraft (serials 4103 and 4104) arrived by sea from Sweden on September 25 aboard the Dutch-flagged vessel, Minervagracht, at the port of Itajai, near Ministro Victor Konder International Airport in Navegantes, located in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. After arriving at Navegantes, the fighters were towed by road to the airport, where they were prepared to be flown to Embraer's facility in Gavião Peixoto, Sao Paulo, the following day.
These are the third and fourth F-39Es to be delivered to the FAB. The first two (serials 4101 and 4102) arrived in Brazil on April 1, 2022. The type is scheduled to enter operational service at Anápolis Air Base, located in the Brazilian state of Goias, in November/December 2022.
On December 18, 2013, the Brazilian Minister of Defence and the Commander of the FAB officially announced that the JAS 39E/F Gripen NG (Next-Generation) had been selected to fulfil the FAB's long-standing 'FX-2' fighter requirement. The Brazilian air arm is acquiring 36 examples of the type - comprising 28 single-seat F-39Es and eight two-seat F-39Fs - under an agreement signed on October 24, 2014.
The first four (all F-39Es) were handed over in Sweden on November 24, 2021. These are the aircraft that have now arrived in Brazil. Prior to this, the prototype aircraft of the Brazilian variant had flown on August 26, 2019, before being shipped by sea to Brazil in September 2020 for trials. It completed its first flight in Brazil on September 24, 2020.