The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has selected Saab's Gripen-NG aircraft for its new multimission fighters contract worth $4.5 billion.
The winning bid covers the supply of 36 aircraft and disbursement schedule will last until 2023.
The first aircraft is expected to arrive around 48 months after the signature of the financing agreement, which must occur in December 2014.
Saab has won over the two participants -- the French Rafale (Dassault) and the North American F-18 (Boeing).
According to Defense Minister Celso Amorim, the victory of the Swedish fighter in the F-X2 program is mainly due to technical reasons, "The choice was the object of much study and careful consideration, and took into account performance, effective technology transfer and acquisition costs as well as operating costs. The final choice was based on these three factors".
Also weighed in the selection, according to Brigadier Juniti Saito, criteria concerning the commercial counterparts (offsets) offered by Saab, in accordance with the provisions of the National Defense Strategy (SND). "We have several industries that have offered to contribute to the development of the aircraft. At the end of development, we will have access to all the technology of the aircraft," said the commander of the FAB.
In the Brazilian Air Force’s evaluation, the Gripen-NG was distinguished by cutting edge technology with advanced system of sensors and data fusion, characteristics that give the pilot a complete and accurate picture of the combat scenario.
The new multi-mission aircraft was designed for air superiority, air defense, aerial reconnaissance, air-to-ground and anti-ship engagements.
Elbit Systems has been selected for the integration and delivery of Elisras Passive Airborne Warning System (PAWS-2) onboard the Gripen fighter. The system was selected following a comprehensive in-depth evaluation and testing of the system in various scenarios as well as in a comparative live fire test
SAAB has selected SELEXs BriteCloud Expendable Active Decoy (EAD) deployment on Gripen fighter, which has been developed in order to decoy RF-guided missiles and fire control radars away from fighter aircraft. Flare shaped and sized, the EAD can be dispensed from a standard 55mm flare cartridge and powered by batteries
The Royal Thai Air Force takes delivery of the last six Gripen aircraft of the twelve ordered, at the ceremony on 11th September 2013. Sweden has previously delivered two Gripen Cs, four Gripen Ds, two Saab 340 AEWs (Airborne Early Warning) and one Saab 340 B (transport aircraft) to the Royal Thai Air Force
SAAB introduced the Sea Gripen at the recently concluded NAMEXPO 2013 held at Kochi, India. Tony Ogilvy, General Manager Aeronautics & International Head, Sea Gripen Program, spoke about Saabs plans for the development of the aircraft
The Swiss Parliament today approved the acquisition of 22 Gripen fighter aircraft, including related funding of SEK 3.126 billion on the basis of an independent fund
The Swiss Parliament approves funding of 3.1 billion francs for the acquisition of 22 Gripen fighter aircraft project
Brazil is in talks with Saab for transfer of Gripen technology which allows local manufacture and development of the fighters jets, according to Prensa Latina. Marco Antonio Raupp, Brazils Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, met Hakan Buskhe, President and CEO, Saab last week to discuss about initiating technology transfer and co-operation between Brazilian and Swedish defence companies
With the Swiss referendum on the purchase of 22 Jas Gripen aircraft underway, the fate of the countrys “Patrouille Suisse” aerobatic team also hangs in the balance. In a statement issued by the Swiss Federal Dept
Brazil's Defense Minister Celso Amorim met Sweden's Secretary of State for Defence Carl von der Esch last week to discuss about the progress on the Gripen deal, according to the official blog for Gripen. The Swedish delegation also met with the Secretary General of Ministry of Defence, Ari Matos Cardoso, who said that he is creating a Working Group (WG) which will monitor the entire process of purchase of the aircraft and the process should be completed and formalized by the end of February
Brazil is considering leasing or buying second-hand Gripen C/D fighters until the new-generation Gripen E enters service in 2018, according to Defense Aerospace. Initial deliveries will go to Sweden, however, and first deliveries to Brazil are not expected until two years later, in 2020, contrary to earlier reports
Saab has won a contract worth $2.5 billion from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for Gripen E production
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