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Time to celebrate and congratulate the two FAB pilots! 

Captains Ramon Lincoln Santos Fórneas and Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto, who swapped Rio de Janeiro and Anápolis respectively for F7 in Såtenäs in November last year, flew their first solo flight yesterday, reports Fab.mil​.

The two Brazilian pilots have flown Gripen before as well but only in the company of Swedish Air Force flight instructors. Their first training sortie in the rear seat of a Gripen happened on 19 November last year.

The two Brazilian pilots will complete their six months long training in April this year. By the end of April, they will have learnt everything about Gripen and will return to Brazil as newly qualified Gripen instructors.

Read more about the two FAB pilots here​.

Image Courtesy: Fab.mil

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"Sweden is proud to be one of Brazil’s strategic partners and the Gripen deal is a win-win situation for both countries," says Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on his visit to Brazil recently.

As a part of this visit, Löfven went to see the Embraer’s production unit outside Sao Paulo. He also gave a speech at the Swedish-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in Sao Paulo where he stressed the advantages of investing in and trading with Sweden.

Last year, Embraer and Saab signed a Memorandum of Understanding,  according to which, the former will perform a leading role in the overall programme performance as well as undertake an extensive share of work in the production and delivery of both the single and two-seat versions of the state-of-the-art Gripen NG aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force.

Read the full story: Löfven visits factory due to make Gripen jets

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Saab's naval version of Gripen E for the Brazilian Navy might be a step closer now, reports Airheads Fly​.

According to the report, the Aviação Naval Brasileira (AvN) may opt to initiate dialogues regarding the development of the naval version of Gripen E, also known as Sea Gripen.

The Sea Gripen is intended for both CATOBAR as well as STOBAR operations. All the sensors, avionics and weapons and the GE 414G of the Gripen NG will be offered in the Sea Gripen. The small logistic footprint, high availability and a smaller, lighter airframe results in significant gains from a maintainability point of view. The Gripen spares inventory is therefore lighter, smaller and adds less to the load of the carrier and it takes fewer personnel to maintain the aircraft.

The Sea Gripen will also have superior sensor fusion abilities, the Selex Raven AESA radar, Infra-Red Search and Track, plus a revolutionary avionics architecture including ultra-fast databuses and Ethernet.  The system can be easily integrated with advanced weapon systems

Read the full story here.​

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In an interview with Diário do Grande ABC, FAB pilot Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto talks about his first flight in Gripen, his experience at the Swedish Air Force Base in Satenas and the knowledge he will transfer to all the units back home.

“It was great to get an opportunity to fly an aircraft like Gripen. The high engine performance during maneuvers and the integrated systems exceeded expectations. What surprised me the most during the flight was the full integration of systems and sensors, automatically managed by the aircraft,” he says.

About his experience at the Swedish Air Force Base, Captain Pascotto says the F7 Air Base is a facility with full infrastructure for operational air activity, and supporting staff is extraordinary. Personal and professional rapport with the squadron pilots was the main reason behind his easy adaptation at the Base. 

On being asked if he would like to give any message to aspiring pilots, Captain Pascotto said that aviation is more than a dream, considering the amount of effort that goes into becoming a fighter pilot.

“But undoubtedly, the effort is worth it in every way. I believe that it should be the same in all professions, actually. For those who wish to serve our country under the wings of the Brazilian Air Force, who wish to work for the air sovereignty of Brazil, aviation will certainly be a vibrant and promising profession. I would like to repeat the words spoken 17 years ago by my ...

​After announcing the selection of Gripen NG on 18 December 2013, the Brazilian Air Force also began evaluating its fighter pilots to identify which of them would make the best instructors. The selection process settled on captains Ramon Lincoln Santos Fórneas and Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto.

The two FAB pilots are currently participating in a six month training in Sweden where they will learn everything there is to know about Gripen. At the end of April, they will return to Brazil where they will pass on this knowledge to their colleagues as newly qualified Gripen instructors.

"We are prepared for hard work since there is so much we not only have to learn but also take on board fully so that we can pass it on to others. The course seems very thorough and everything has been well planned so I am sure everything will be fine," says Gustavo.

On 19 November it was time for the first training sortie in the rear seat of a Gripen D. The 50-minute exercise was an experience, even for two seasoned pilots. "We flew in formation and performed several advanced manoeuvres, which was an amazing experience," says Ramon.

​​Read the full story here​.

fab_pilots_gripen.jpgCaptain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto with his Swedish instructor​
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Captain Ramon Santos Fórneas with his Swedish instructor​

Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto and Captain Ramon Santos Fórneas became the first Brazilian Air Force pilots to complete a training mission on a Gripen aircraft last week, reports Brazilian government website.

The two Brazilian Captains, accompanied by Swedish Air Force pilots, flew a Gripen D aircraft for 50 minutes in Sweden and near the Baltic Sea. 

Noting the aerodynamic advantage provided by the canards as one of the best features of Gripen, Captain Fórneas praised Gripen for being an obedient aircraft. 

"It was better than I expected," he said.

Unlike the other Brazilian pilots who have flown the Gripen aircraft before, these two pilots will have the responsibility for the aircraft and are training to master the Gripen system.

The two pilots went for another training session in a Gripen simulator after this mission.

Read the full story: Pilotos da FAB voam pela primeira vez em caça Gripen

Image Courtesy: Brazilian Air Force

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Brazil’s Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto and Captain Ramon Santos Forneas expect to start flying Gripen in three weeks, reports Defesaaereanaval.com.

Currently, the two pilots are attending lectures and are training on simulators at the Skaraborg air base in the western part of Sweden, known as F7 wing which specializes in pilot training. Their training starts at 7:30 every morning and stretches till 5 in the evening.

"We first went through physical examination, and electrocardiogram and treadmill tests after which we were allowed to train on simulators and the centrifugal (a device at f7 that simulates the pressure of gravity in flight)," says Forneas. 

Equipment management is different in Sweden as compared to Brazil. There are different air bases in Sweden and they do not have exclusivity on the aircraft. The fighters are moved from one base to another as per the requirement and availability.

"We are attending lectures on equipment management," Forneas adds.

Brazil announced its decision to buy 36 next generation Gripen aircraft on 27 October. As a part of the deal, 28 single-seat Gripen E and eight twin-seat Gripen F aircraft will be delivered to Brazil over the next decade. Saab and Brazil also signed a 10-year agreement for industrial co-operation projects, including technology transfer to Brazilian industry.

"I always wanted to become a pilot and what motivates me is the desire to guard and defend my country. All peaceful national need forces to defend its borders, "says Pascotto.

Both pilots will be in Sweden for ...

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"Brazil’s acquisition of 36 Gripen NG gives greater visibility to the Swedish fighter in the world market," said the Defense Minister of Sweden, Peter Hultqvist.

According to the report, the first phase of Gripen NG development will involve about 200 engineers in Sweden. In the second phase, these engineers will transfer their knowledge to the teams in Brazil.

"We are very motivated to work with the Brazilian engineers. Our people are very excited," said Hans Häggrot, production director at Saab.

As per the Swedish Defence Minister, Gripen NG’s joint development with Brazil will allow Sweden to reduce investment costs of the project, besides establishing a promising partnership with Embraer, one of the most important aerospace companies in the world.

"Gripen is more than the sale of a fighter. It is closely related to generation of new jobs, resources and technologies transfer," Mr. Hultqvist said.

Read the full story: COMPRA DO BRASIL DEU VISIBILIDADE AOS CAÇAS GRIPEN, DIZ MINISTRO SUECO

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Recently signed contract for the supply of 36 Gripen NG between Brazil and Sweden gives way to a potential development of the naval version of the aircraft for Brazilian Navy, reports Defesaaereanaval.com​.

According to the report, volume 7 (Industrial, Commercial and Technology and Industrial Cooperation Offset Proposal) of the signed contract contains the proposition for additional projects which includes the preliminary feasibility study of the naval version of Gripen NG (Sea Gripen).

Saab has long considered the potential for its Gripen fighter to be adapted for maritime use from STOBAR and CATOBAR aircraft carriers. Saab revealed the concept of Sea Gripen for the first time in 2010 featuring enhancements that include a strengthened undercarriage, bigger brakes, and a beefed-up tail hook.

Read the full story: Sea Gripen – O futuro caça da Marinha do Brasil

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Two Brazilian Air Force pilots, who were appointed to participate in the conversion training to the Gripen aircraft, have reached Sweden, reports ZH News.

Captain Gustavo de Oliveira Pascatto, São Bernardo do Campo (SC), and Captain Ramon Santos Fórneas Lincoln, Ipatinga (MG), both 32, arrived at F 7 Såtenäs on Monday last week.

Before arriving in Sweden, Pascatto was in Group 1 Air Defense Anapolis (GO), and Fórneas was a part of the first group of fighter aviation in Rio de Janeiro. Both pilots have the experience of flying modernized F-5, a fourth generation aircraft, currently in use by Brazil. 

As per a report in Dgabc.com​, the two pilots were chosen from about 330 Brazilian fighter pilots - there are 11 squadrons with about 30 professionals each – to learn to fly Gripen and pass on the experience to other pilots. 

“Our expectation is to transfer the knowledge to all the units back home,” Fórneas said, very formally, to a group of Brazilian journalists.

According to the report, there is still no formal agreement between the Brazilian and the Swedish air forces about the continuity of training. This is a temporary arrangement which will evolve once both countries reach an agreement over the training process.

Read the full story: Pilotos brasileiros já treinam na Suécia para pilotar novos caças Gripen NG

Photo Courtesy: Marta Sfredo​

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