Brazilian investigators on Friday accused former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of using his influence to help Saab win the tender for 36 jets worth about $5.6 billion.
Lula, who was no longer in the presidency when the suspected illegal practices happened, was paid 2.4 reais ($740,000) by Marcondes & Mautoni, a company that assisted foreign firms doing business in Brazil, Reuters reported Friday.
Prosecutors also said that Lula's acts in favor of Saab took place between 2013 and 2015. He left office in 2010.
Lula's lawyers denied any illegal participation of the former president or his son in the process. They said the payment Lula's son received from Marcondes & Mautoni referred to services effectively executed by Luis Claudio Lula da Silva, such as organizing American style football championships in Brazil.
The Brazilian government announced late in 2013 that it had chosen the Gripen NG fighter jet produced by Saab. The Swedish plane beat Boeing's F-18 Super Hornet and France's Rafale, produced by Dassault Aviation.
The contract with Saab was signed in 2014.
Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the development and production of Torpedo Integration Systems (TIS) for the Navy´s A26 submarines. The order also includes upgrade of existing systems on the Visby-class corvettes and Gotland-class submarines
Saab has won an $18.6 Million (166 MSEK) contract from Northrop Grumman Corporation to deliver components and subsystems of the U
Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract for the Carl-Gustaf M4 multi-role weapon system, but declined to name the customer. This is Saab´s fourth customer for the system since its launch in late 2014
Saab and Embraer have created the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN) along with AEL Sistemas, Atech, Akaer and the Brazilian Air Force, through its research department DCTA for the development and tech transfer of Gripen Fighter aircraft. The GDDN includes the development environment and simulators required to undertake the fighter development work
The Brazilian air force has started testing aerial refueling capabilities of Embraers KC-390 airlifter. "Since the F-5M and KC-390 have different envelopes, it is necessary to find a third envelope, at the intersection of the between the two aircraft, to carry out refueling," Lt
The Brazilian Navy will decommission its sole aircraft carrier, A-12 Sao Paulo, purchased from France in 2000 as the modernization costs are considered excessive by the government. The ship was bought by the then-president Fernando henriquw for US $12 million,
Brazil has approved the sale of its three serviceable pre-owned Super Tucano A-29 attack aircraft to Nigeria. The acquisition of this aircraft by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is expected to boost its operational capabilities in tackling insurgence and militancy in the country
Saab has appointed Anders Carp to take up the position as new head of business area Surveillance from January 2017. Business area Surveillance provides efficient solutions for surveillance, safety and security, decision support and products for threat detection and protection, the company announced Tuesday
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