Today Saab handed over a tender for 36 Gripen Next Generation fighters to the Brazilian Air Force Air Command. The tender is an answer to the formal Request for Proposal issued in the autumn 2008.
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 program offered to Brazil’s government 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 also 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.
Janér says that the Gripen NG proposal provides Brazil’s defense and aerospace industries with “an unbeatable” industrial cooperation package with lasting consequences for the national defense industry, such as the direct involvement in the development, production and maintenance of the platform.
It will also “generate transfer of key technology including access to Gripen source codes,” he adds. “This will allow full Brazilian involvement in future capability developments (that will) supply Brazil with strategic long-term national security and technology superiority.”
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.