FAB Gripen Conducts More Supersonic Flight Tests in Brazil
Saab Brazil carried out supersonic tests on the Gripen fighter over the Sao Jose do Rio Preto region recently, reports Diariodaregiao.com.br.
The tests were carried out at high altitudes of above 5,000 meters. "Flying faster than the speed of sound creates a sound wave, a sonic boom, that may sound more like a thunderclap than the sound of a passing aircraft. It is possible that residents of the region will hear this sound while this important testing of Brazil´s new fighter is being done. We take care to ensure that these supersonic flights are taking place in designated test areas, in coordination with the aeronautical authorities and following the procedures of the Brazilian Air Force”, says Sven Larsson, head of the Gripen Flight Test Center at Saab.
FAB Gripen (F-39 Gripen E)'s supersonic tests started in Brazil in March this year. The aircraft, based at the Gripen Test Flight Centre at Embraer's facilities in Gavião Peixoto (SP), is scheduled to undergo several activities, including getting tested for the tropical climate. There will be weapon integration customised for Brazil's requirement as well e.g., the addition of the Link BR2 communication system.
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