The first metal cut for Saab’s two-seater Gripen F fighter aircraft has commenced marking an important milestone in the programme. “This milestone is important for the Gripen project because it demonstrates that the development phase is proceeding properly. This signals the beginning of the production of the two-seater aircraft, Gripen F, which is much anticipated by the Brazilian Air Force,” says Colonel Renato Leite, head of the Monitoring and Control Group (GAC-Saab) at the Brazilian Air Force. The first part was manufactured recently at Saab’s facilities in Linköping and is for the air duct section, just behind the cockpit of the aircraft.
The Gripen F is being developed by Saab for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and shares the same design features as on the Gripen E, but with seat, displays and controls for a second crew member.
Gripen F has both a training mode for tuition of one crew member and a mode whereby the two crew members can share the workload with different display settings.
Brazil has ordered 28 Gripen E fighters that will be delivered to Brazil starting from 2021 and eight Gripen F fighters, starting from 2023.
Gripen F is also being offered by Saab to Finland.
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