European company MBDA has won a €200 million contract to supply 100 Meteor air-to-air missiles to be equipped on Brazilian Gripen NG fighters.
The aircraft are expected to be commissioned by the Brazilian Air Force in 2021 or 2022. France’s share in the €200 million contract is estimated to be around 15 percent, La Tribune reported Saturday.
Saab announced in March 2015 that it has finalized 36 Brazilian Next Generation Gripen fighter aircraft contract for $4.55 Billion. The contract involves the purchase of a complete turnkey weapon system, and the total package includes training, spare parts, support, planning and maintenance. The order comprises 28 single-seater Gripen NG aircraft (corresponding to Sweden’s Gripen E) and a development order for eight two-seater aircraft.
The Meteor active radar guided beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) has been tested on Saab’s Gripen, Dassault Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon jets. The missile offers a multi-shot capability against long range manoeuvring targets, jets, UAVs and cruise missiles in a heavy electronic countermeasures (ECM) environment with range well in excess of 100 kilometres (62 miles). Maximum range is unknown, but no-escape zone of over 60 km is largest among air-to-air missiles according to manufacturer. Solid-fueled ramjet motor allows missile to cruise at a speed of over mach 4 and provides the missile with thrust and mid-way acceleration to target intercept.
The Düsseldorf-based high-tech group Rheinmetall with its Swiss subsidiary Rheinmetall Air Defence has won an order for additional Fieldguard 3 military measurement systems, from an unspecified Brazilian defence contractor. Fieldguard is an active fire control system whose special sensors enable it to measure the trajectory of projectiles, thus assuring maximum precision when engaging targets
Brazil has placed an order for 3 H135 multirole helicopters from Airbus as a replacement for light, twin-engine AS355 helicopter. The aircraft could carry out missions in the frame of the Brazilian Antarctic Programme in the near future, the company said in a statement Thursday
The Brazilian Navy will receive the first of eight upgraded AgustaWestland Super Lynx AH-11B helicopters in February. Leonardo Helicopters is modernizing the helicopters under a June 2014 contract issued by the Brazilian Navy Aeronautical Directorate (DAerM) for $113 million,
Saab has won a contract with the Brazilian Army for deliveries of RBS 70 NG man-portable air defence system. In addition to the RBS 70 NG system, the order also includes training systems, camouflage systems and other associated equipment
A team comprising MBDA, tech firm Kalray, the French defence procurement agency (DGA) and the French Armys technical section have developed an artificial intelligence based 2ACI, automatic target recognition by imaging system that is able to direct fire at an object identified as an enemy asset based on an analysis of its image. The 2ACI function thereby allows the detection, recognition and identification of fixed and moving targets through real-time processing of the video stream output from weapon systems imaging sensors
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