Brazilian Engineers Conduct First Verification Flight of Gripen E

The Brazilian test engineers at the Flight Test department at Saab in Linköping are halfway through their Transfer of Technology training and work programme. Recently they conducted their first flight test in the Gripen E programme during an almost two hour-long-flight.

“It feels great to have carried out a flight session in Gripen E. It was nerve-racking to monitor all flight test data online, there is a lot to keep track of at the same time. But now I’m relieved and it feels great, the execution went as we had intended,” said Denner Cunha, flight test engineer at Embraer, who was part of the team who conducted the flight.

As part of the technology transfer phase of the Brazilian Gripen programme, engineers from Embraer joined the Flight Test department at Saab in Linköping last October to work on tactical systems testing in Gripen E. After having the theoretical studies and the on-the job training completed, they moved on with the full flight session.

“The test was led by the Brazilian test engineers for the first time and it was a big step in the right direction for them. We tested many new functions which can benefit both the Swedish and Brazilian programmes,” said Mikael Olsson, Head of the flight test department.

According to Anna Arildsson, Manager of Tactical Systems at Flight Test Department, the tests will continue to be conducted at the Gripen Flight Test Center (GFTC) in Brazil by the end of this year. "We will soon be entering an even more exciting phase. For that, building a good relationship with Saab will be the key factor to ensure the continued success of the collaboration," she said.

The extensive transfer of technology program of the Brazilian Gripen programme involves the participation of engineers and technicians from Brazilian partner companies in theoretical and on-the-job training at Saab in Linköping, Sweden. In the next five years, the programme will have seen the participation of over 350 Brazilian employees. So far, around 200 engineers have been trained in Sweden, most of who have now returned to Brazil and are working at the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN) located at the Embraer plant in Gavião Peixoto.

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