Victor Barreira - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
20 July 2017
The Brazilian Navy has assigned an official to the Brazilian Air Force’s Coordinating Committee of the Combat Aircraft Program to monitor the air force’s procurement of 36 Saab F-39 Gripen fighter jets, the navy told Jane’s on 18 July. The move underscores the service’s interest in buying a maritime Gripen.
Saab Aeronautics’ efforts to develop the naval version of the jet, the Gripen M (Maritime) are also being closely watched by the navy.
The service is looking to potentially replace its fleet of AF-1/AF-1A (A-4KU/TA-4KU Skyhawk) fighters, of which nine single-seat AF-1s and three twin-seat AF-1As are being modernised by Embraer to the AF-1B and AF-1C standard, respectively.
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