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Will Brazil develop a 6th generation fighter, a supersonic fighter, in partnership with Saab?

Written by Bruno Teles
Published 13/06/2024 às 13:15
Brazil will develop 6th generation fighter: Supersonic fighter in partnership with Saab?
The possibility of Brazil developing a sixth generation fighter in partnership with Embraer and Saab is gaining momentum. This ambitious project aims to create a supersonic aircraft with cutting-edge technology, taking advantage of the experience gained in the production of the Gripen fighter. Photo: SAAB/Disclosure

The possibility of Brazil developing a sixth generation fighter in partnership with Embraer and Saab is gaining momentum. This ambitious project aims to create a supersonic aircraft with cutting-edge technology, taking advantage of the experience gained in the production of the Gripen fighter.

The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is discussing and planning this project together with Embraer and Saab. The objective is to use the technology learned in the production of the Gripen to develop an even more modern fighter. Technology transfer will be crucial to training professionals in Brazil and making a significant technological leap in the military aviation sector.

The collaboration between Embraer and Saab has already demonstrated success in the development of the C-390 Millennium (KC-390) freighter. This partnership will be essential for the new sixth generation fighter project.

To begin development of the new aircraft, some key technologies will be needed

The city of São José dos Campos, an important aerospace hub, could be the epicenter of this project, due to the possibility of a partnership between Embraer and the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology (DCTA).

In addition to Brazil, Sweden is also making strategic moves. Recently, Sweden decided to withdraw from the UK-led Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program, which aimed to develop a sixth-generation fighter. Now, Sweden is considering three options: building its own system, developing a system in partnership with another country (possibly Brazil), or acquiring an existing system.

Saab CEO Micael Johansson called for more investment from the Swedish government in next-generation fighter studies

These investments will allow Saab to test and simulate the advanced technologies needed for a successor to the Gripen E/F. The development Launching a sixth-generation fighter in Brazil is a challenging project, but with the continued commitment of the FAB, Embraer, Saab and the Brazilian government, the country has the potential to stand out on the global stage of next-generation military aviation. This project could place Brazil in a prominent position in the aerospace industry, providing technological advances and strengthening national defense.

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Bruno Teles

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