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Gripen NG tender for Brazil

February 3, 2009
Katsuhiko TOKUNAGA)

Gripen NG (Copyright Gripen International; Photographer: Katsuhiko TOKUNAGA)

Saab handed over yesterday a tender for 36 Gripen Next Generation to the Brazilian Air Force Air Command. The tender is an answer to the formal Request for Proposal that was issued in the autumn 2008.

The Gripen NG is the next generation Gripen, an enhanced version of the well established net centric warfare multirole fighter which has proven low acquisition, operation and support costs. The Gripen NG programme covers development of avionics and all major sensors including data communication, self-protection systems, weapons integration, as well as airframe and propulsion enhancements. The aircraft will have increased thrust, increased payload, and extended range.

“The Gripen NG offer is fully compliant and will be a complete solution for Brazil,” says Gripen Campaign Director for Brazil, Bengt Janér.

Not only will Gripen NG provide an unbeatable industrial co-operation package, with lasting consequences for the national defence industry, such as the direct involvement in the development, production and maintenance of the platform but it will also generate transfer of key technology including access to Gripen source codes. These industrial packages will include contractually binding obligations.

The transfer of the Technology programme will also allow full involvement in future capability development supplying Brazil strategic long term national security and technology superiority.

“Gripen NG will provide a long term partnership between Brazil and Sweden in a well established fighter programme that continues to develop. Gripen will maintain its position at the cutting edge of technology for the next 30-40 years”, says Saab CEO Mr. Åke Svensson.

Gripen is in service with the Swedish, Czech Republic, Hungarian and South African Air Forces. It has also been ordered by the Royal Thai Air Force. The UK Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) is operating Gripen as its advanced fast jet platform for test pilots worldwide. Saab is also delivering successful industrial cooperation programs in Czech Republic, Hungary and South Africa.

Source: SAAB

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