Connect with us


After Discarding French Rafales, Brazil Goes Gaga With The Arrival Of SAAB Gripen Jets: WATCH



With the ever-changing global dynamic of Europe, more and more countries have realized the priority of bolstering their defensive reinforcements as displayed by India by acquiring the French Rafales, Spain receiving the modified Eurofighters, and the UAE and Qatar looking to lay their hands on the US F-35s jets.

Is India Going The Israel Way by Threatening ‘Enemies’ To Take The Battle On Their Soil?

Making sure Brazil does not lag behind in the race, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro gave a timely go-ahead for their procurement of Swedish aerospace giant Saab’s Gripen E fighter jets over Boeing’s F-18 Super Hornets and Dassault Rafales.

The Gripens along with the entry of Brasilia’s indigenous Embraer C-390 Millennium military transport jets are likely to be a welcome boost in the country’s Air Force’s attempts of replacing the air fleet.

The arrival of the Gripen fighters enables the South American nation to boast air superiority that it has needed to defend its vast lands, and the delight was evident right from the military to President Bolsonaro, who sprayed champagne on the nose of the first Gripen to arrive at the Brasilia’s air force base, before climbing onto the plane’s cockpit. 

Bolsonaro rolls out Saab fighter jet, says it gives Brazil air superiority - The Medi Telegraph - News dall'Italia e dal mondo

Bolsonaro rolls out Saab fighter jet, says it gives Brazil air superiority – The Medi Telegraph – News dall’Italia e dal mondo

The first of the Gripen Es, which has been designated as the F-39E Gripen by the Brazilian Air Force, made its official debut during the celebrations of Aviator’s Day and the Brazilian Air Force Day in Brasília.

Bolsonaro was present at the ceremony alongside Brazilian Defence Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva, the Swedish Ambassador to Brazil, Johanna Brosmar-Skoogh, Brazilian Air Force Commander, Air Lieutenant Brigadier Antonio Carlos Moretti Bermudez, Commander of the Swedish Air Force, Major General Carl-Johan Edström and Saab CEO and President Micael Johansson.

“It is a great honour to see Gripen E at the ceremony in celebration to the Aviators’ Day and the Brazilian Air Force Day. I do not believe that there is a more appropriate occasion for this presentation, as it certainly means a lot to all Brazilian aviators to have the aircraft flying in the skies of Brazil,” said Johansson.

While spectators got a chance to see the first of the 36 Gripens, Brazil acquired from Sweden in a 4 billion dollar deal, 13 of the fighters will be built in Sweden which will be followed by eight being partially assembled in Brazil by Embraer’s defence division.

The celebrations of the ceremony brought reminiscence to the ones which took place in India back when Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the arrival of the first batch of five Dassault Rafales from France.

India also signed a deal to acquire 36 of the lethal French machines in a bid to increase their air dominance in the region, which has seen the growing threat of “Iron Brothers” China and Pakistan.

So far, five of the 36 aircraft have been official inducted into the “Golden Arrows” Squadron and has been carrying out regular sorties in a bid to prepare for a potential clash against China in eastern Ladakh.

Both Rafales and Gripens are fighter aircrafts falling under the 4.5 generation bracket of modern combat jets, which lie, only a class below the fifth-generation US F-35s, which are considered to be the absolute top dogs in aerial superiority.

Saab Gripen NG (sweden) vs dassault rafale (france) - video dailymotion

While the Rafale, is a twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft equipped with a wide range of weapons that enable it to carry out multiple roles in aerial combat, the single-engine Gripen fighter is said to be a highly upgraded model from its predecessors, based on the NG variant, which has an increased fuel capacity and payload.

Both fighters are equipped with the new Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, however, the Gripen with its new GE F-414G engine enables, which is also used in combat-proven Boeing Super Hornet gives it a significantly improved survivability rate as compared to the Rafale.




Americas4 hours ago

What Is US’ Most Lethal Submarine Killer – The P-8 Poseidon Doing On India-China Border At 15,000 Feet?

US-made Boeing P-8I Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, also known as ‘Submarine Killer’, has been deployed in Eastern Ladakh near the...

Featured5 hours ago

Indian BrahMos Goes Global; After Indonesia, Brazil Looks To Arms Its Gripen Jets With Indo-Russian Missile

The BrahMos-NG is intended to be a mini-version of the existing BrahMos, being lighter and shorter while still having a...

CHINA-amphibious-aircraft-AG600 CHINA-amphibious-aircraft-AG600
Asia Pacific6 hours ago

Seaplanes Set To Make A Comeback As China Threatens The US With Its Amphibious ‘Fish Dragon’

Decades ago, seaplanes proved their might during World War I for surveillance and reconnaissance. Not just that, seaplanes were later...

eurasian times eurasian times
Featured7 hours ago

Top Iranian Nuclear Scientist Assassinated Near Tehran; Fingers Raised Towards Mossad

A senior scientist linked to the Iranian nuclear program, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, was assassinated in Damavand, east of Tehran on Friday,...

indian-air-force indian-air-force
Featured10 hours ago

Third Indian MiG-29 Crashes In A Year – Is It Time To Bid Adieu To Russian Jets & Welcome Western Fighters?

The Indian Navy said on Friday that a MiG-29K trainer aircraft had crashed in the Arabian Sea around 5 pm...

Featured11 hours ago

Modi’s Trillion Dollar Baby: India Bets Big On Its Largest Govt-Funded Project – The Bullet Train

India is gearing up to build its first bullet train corridor covering 508 kilometers between Mumbai and Ahemdabad. The National...

india-russia india-russia
EurAsian Region12 hours ago

India, Russia To Showcase Their Naval Might In Joint Drills In Baltic Sea

The Russian and Indian navies are likely to conduct joint drills in the Baltic Sea sometime next year, according to...

Pakistani-Passport Pakistani-Passport
Featured13 hours ago

UAE Visa Ban Starts To Pinch Pakistan; 3000 Jobs Lost In First Week As Indian Workers Rejoice

OPED By Haider Abbas

Bubonic Plague Bubonic Plague
Americas15 hours ago

As China Slips In The Covid-19 Vaccine Race, Will Russia Eclipse The US & UK To Get The 1st Shot Out?

As the world continues to battle Covid-19, a study on the efficacy of Chinese Sinovac Biotech’s vaccine, published in the...

Featured16 hours ago

#LoveJihad: Democratic India Plans To Combat ‘Love Jihad’ In An Attempt To Control Interfaith Marriages

Hindu right-wing has coined the term “love jihad”, to describe the marriage of a Hindu girl to a Muslim boy....