RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The new Brazilian fighter jet, the Saab Gripen E, has begun its supersonic speed test phase in the skies above São Paulo countryside. The flights began on February 26th in the município of Gavião Peixoto, located in a sparsely populated area some 300 kilometers northwest of the capital São Paulo.
This is where EMBRAER's plant is located, as well as the Brazilian Gripen development center, in partnership with the aircraft's manufacturer, Sweden's Saab. Of the 36 models purchased by Brazil in 2014 for 39.3 billion Swedish crowns (R . . .