Brazilian Air Force Center for communications announced Saturday that it finds no irregularities in the Gripen NG procurement deal after recent articles were published in the press regarding a probe and it is ready to provide necessary clarifications to the authorities concerned.
Brazilian government secretariat has initiated probe in the 39.3 billion kronor ($5.5 billion) deal signed by Saab to build and sell 36 Jas Gripen fighter jets to Brazil, local media reported Friday.
The investigation has been initiated as the total price of the jets had then gone up by $900 million (around 8.3 billion kronor in today's exchange rate).
Saab spokesperson Sebastian Carlsson had confirmed on Friday that Brazil's public prosecutors are now investigating the purchase but underlined that no suspicion of criminal activity has as of yet been announced.
“It is correct that there is a prosecutor now who is going to ask a few questions. In Brazil the possibility of reporting things and the right to have it investigated is very open to anyone. It is both common and expected that a report like this arrives,” Carlsson had told Swedish public broadcaster SVT.
“This deal is probably the most transparent deal we have done. At the end of the day it is positive that there is the opportunity for the public to have their questions answered. It creates a feeling of security,” said Carlsson.
Brazillian news daily, Folha de San Paulo reported that the entire deal could be annulled if the prosecutor discovers financial irregularities.
“The higher price was due to the customer adding new requirements to the existing order during the process as well as fluctuating exchange rates,” Saab CEo Hakan Buskhe had said to a Brazilian Television after the purchase.
Brazil agreed on buying 36 Gripen NG fighters that included 28 single-seat and eight two-seat Gripen NG in October 2014.
Saab will display a Gripen fighter at the 2015 LAAD International Defense and Security Exhibition, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from April 14 to 17. Alongside Gripen, Saab will also demonstrate its expertise in airborne early warning, air defence, naval systems, command and control, multi-mission sensors, ground combat systems, training and simulation, electronic warfare and SIGINT
Saab announced today that it has received an order from the Norwegian Defense Logistic Organization (NDLO) for a prototype of Mid-Life Upgrade of Arthur weapon-location radar system. The order amounts to approximately $13 million (SEK115 million)
Saab announced today that it has received follow-on orders worth US$ 78 million (SEK 740 million) from Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL), India, to produce integrated electronic warfare self-protection system for installation on the Indian Armys and Air Forces Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv. Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) protects crew by enhancing platform survivability in sophisticated, diverse and dense threat environments
Saab has won a $14.2 million contract to deliver components for the Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system
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Brazil is planning to sign a deal to purchase Russian Pantsir air defense systems in early 2016. Brazilian Ambassador to Russia Jose Vallim Guerreiro was quoted as saying by Sputnik International today that generally it has been decided to purchase the systems
Brazil will be sending an official inquiry regarding a possible purchase of Pantsir-S1 missile system from Russia, Sputnik reported Monday. On Saturday, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that the waiting list for the purchase of the Pantsir-S1 system is formed until 2019
Saab has ruled out selling 24 Gripen E/F combat aircraft to Argentina, as such a deal would face an opposition from Britain, a senior company representative told reporters on 27 April. Britain provides some 30 percent of the Gripen's content, including the radar on its next-generation Gripen E/F
Saab announced today that it will deliver Gripen NG weapons to Brazil as per a $245 million contract signed with Brazilian MoD through the Aeronautics Command (COMAER). The order is expected to be booked by Saab during the second half of 2015
Saab announced Tuesday that it has signed an agreement to partner with Embraer for joint management of the F-X2 Project for the Brazilian Air Force. Under this agreement, Embraer will have a leading role in the overall program performance of the program
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