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Saab's Gripen looks to land major Brazilian air force order

AFP/The Local · 3 Aug 2009, 07:47

Published: 03 Aug 2009 07:47 GMT+02:00

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Brasilia is expected to announce in September which shortlisted company -- Boeing of the United States, Dassault of France, or Saab of Sweden -- will supply 36 combat aircraft to replace Brazil's aging fleet of 12 French-made Mirage-2000 jets.

The procurement is part of a $15 billion plan by Latin America's biggest economy to update and expand its military capabilities to face 21st century threats in the region, and to protect precious resources in its vast territory.

France's Rafale F3 fighter is seen as the favorite of Defense Minister Nelson Jobim, in large part because it is the only bid that includes an offer to share technology with Brazil.

The Latin American country is keen to give its own Embraer aircraft-making group the knowledge needed to make its own high-tech fighters in the future.

But the Rafale is also the most expensive by far of the offers on the table, the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper noted Sunday.

The newspaper said the estimated price-per-plane of the Rafale is around $130 million, not including weapons and support.

Boeing's multi-role F/A-18 Super Hornet, estimated at $90 million per unit, is used by many US-allied air forces around the world.

But Brazil has taken note of the US Congress' ability to veto military technology and support, as it did with Venezuela when US relations with the country soured, forcing Caracas to turn to Russia for aircraft and tanks.

Sweden's Gripen NG is the cheapest of the bids, at around $60 million per plane, but it is the least powerful of the three -- and no prototype for it exists yet.

The value of the total fighter jet contract is between $2 billion and $4 billion, depending on which bid is chosen, and will include five years of logistics and support, and a supply of air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles and bombs. Deliveries are to start in 2014.

Brazil's air force is to give its evaluation of the three offers to Jobim in the next few days, Folha de S. Paulo said.

The report will highlight the pros and cons of each plane without excluding any of them, military officials and sources close to the tender process told the daily.

The countries and companies competing have actively wooed Brazil.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is to attend Brazil's Independence Day celebrations in Brasilia on September 7. In December last year, he signed deals worth $11 billion to supply Brazil with four Scorpene submarines and 51 Cougar military transport helicopters.

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The leader of the French senate, Gerard Larcher, in June also stressed to Brazilian lawmakers that technology-transfer was part of the relationship between their two countries.

Boeing, meanwhile, has reportedly offered to use Brazilian suppliers for some of the F/A-18's components if it wins the contract.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US military, Admiral Mike Mullen, also visited Brazil in March for talks with Jobim on the tender and other military issues.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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09:16 August 3, 2009 by bettan1
I wonder why such a Secular Progressive poster child would be so involved in profiting off weapons of war ???

Go figure!!!
09:46 August 3, 2009 by Nemesis
I hope SAAB AB gets the contract.

Sweden needs the jobs.

A contract like this will help maintain Swedish engineering and design jobs and keep skills in Europe, instead of exporting them to America and China.

At half the price of the French planes, the Brazilians can buy twice as many.
11:42 August 3, 2009 by jack sprat
I often wonder why a "peace loving country" like Sweden is forever pushing its military supply and arms trade in as big a way as possible?

Obviously there's always a good chance that this stuff will be used in a less than pleasant way and quite often gets into the wrong hands for use by less than pleasant people.

As in the past it is another case of double standards and a willingness to put profit before so called principles.

OK, if Sweden didnt supply the stuff someone else would,but surely thats not the point.

It seems wherever a quick buck is to be made Swedens principles can fly quickly out of the window.
15:32 August 3, 2009 by millionmileman
Peace and freedom comes at a price from strength, not weakness. Hopefully these planes will never have to be used, but that is why deterrents work because you cannot fight despotism without weapons.

Just look north to Hugo Chavez and his dictatorial Marxists aspirations. Also Sweden does need as many jobs as possible.
18:53 August 3, 2009 by jack sprat
I get the impression,millionmileman,that you are not so well up on Swedens recent history,however possibly the less said there the better.

With regard to your second para I wonder if you are aware of the Swedish co.,Bofors, supplying arms to Venezuala,some of which were even passed on to Colombian rebels.
15:26 August 4, 2009 by millionmileman
I am very aware that Bofors is in Venezuela, and Brazil still needs to defend herself. This is a consequence of the arms trade. Just like in WWII the Royal Navy sailed to Goteborg, on Thursdays, in MTB's to pick up the British weekly supply of SKF bearings, at the same time the Kriegsmarine sailed in their E-Boats for the same mission. The respective crews had a gentleman's to leave each other alone while on shore and returning home.
16:02 August 6, 2009 by tigger007
brazil has good choices in the fighter jets that can win the contract. the thing is that sweden jas grippen is far cheaper,but some see the grippen as not battle tested.there is and no prototype for it exists yet for the new grippen NG. where you have the f-18 superhornet and the rafale f-3 class that is know for it performance. don't forget the political aspect of it all also and when these companies lose these contracts worth billions,they can get upset.

it's like walking on eggs shells for brazil and i hope brazil gets what it needs as far as air defence
16:27 August 7, 2009 by Vendorune
Go NG! Go NG!

After all if it does come to war Brazilia will need a lot more then 36 planes and the savings adds up fast when you're into your second thousand.
14:43 August 14, 2009 by Basta
As a Brazilian, what I would like to see is Embraer making a bid for the whole SAAB group. A fighter jet would complement their portfolio very well and would save SAAB from bankruptcy.

Both companies already have strong ties with SAAB providing maintenance support to Embraer's airplanes in Europe. In addition, SAAB could by start producing cars in South America, one of the fastest growing markets in the World.
00:18 August 18, 2009 by neutrino68
Basta, just to clarify: SAAB Automobile and SAAB AB are not the same company, they separated in 1990. It is SAAB Automobile, owned 100% by General Motors, that is in financial trouble, not the SAAB that makes the Gripen aircraft.
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