Brazil names Gripen as finalist for air force tender
David Landes · 2 Oct 2008, 12:35
Published: 02 Oct 2008 12:35 GMT+02:00
“We are pleased to be included by the Brazilian Air Force in the ongoing selection process and are ready to submit at very attractive proposal”, said Saab Executive Vice President Lennart Sindahl in a statement.
The proposal was submitted in August is in response to a Brazilian tender request for 36 fighter jets, a request which could expand to 100 aircraft over the next 15 years, according to the Reuters news agency.
In putting forward the Gripen NG (Next Generation) multi-role fighter as a possible option, Saab also promised to provide additional support for spare parts, logistics and training.
The Gripen’s competitors for the deal include the F-18 Super Hornet by US-based Boeing and the French made Dassault's Rafale.
According to Reuters, a final decision on the contract is likely in late 2009.