Saab, the Swedish manufacturer on 18 December 2013 won a 4.5 billion dollar contract to supply 36 Gripen NG fighter jets to Brazil by 2020.
The offer presented to the Brazilian Government by Saab includes Gripen NG, sub-systems for Gripen NG, an extensive technology transfer package, a financing package as well as long term bi-lateral collaboration between the Brazilian and Swedish Governments.
In the race of the contract, Saab defeated Boeing of US and Dassault Aviation of France to secure, one of the emerging defence deals. Might be possible, the recent allegations of spying by United States could be the reason for the loss of the Boeing. The allegations of spying were made by a journalist, Glenn Greenwald, who obtained the secret files from NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Gripen has been exported to other countries like South Africa, Thailand and Switzerland (the advanced version of Gripen). Czech Republic and Hungary have leased the Gripen from Sweden.
Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.
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