Brazil confirms the purchase of Swedish fighter jets - Gripen from
Saab as the USA start paying the price of political over reach
Thursday, 19 December 2013
Brazil is reported to have confirms that it will buy 36 Gripen fighter
jets from the Swedish defence manufacturer Saab. Media reports hold
that it was confirmed by the country's government on Wednesday evening.
The deal was announced at a press conference in Brazil at 20 hours on
Wednesday evening, Swedish time.
According to Swedish media reports the purchase agreement means that
Brazil buys 36 new fighter jets for its country's air force. This also
means an end to the speculation that has been going on ever since the
idea of selling the jet fighters to Brazil started in 2008 as they
looked to replace their old fighter jets.
The Brazilian government expects to add the equivalent of Skr29 billion on the deal until the 2023
According to the country's Defense Minister, Celso Amorim, an
agreement can now begin to be negotiated on in detail between the
parties. The agreement is scheduled to be in place in about eight to
twelve months. Deliveries are expected to start in four years’ time,
then at a rate of twelve planes per year.
Back in September Saab's long-term forecast for the sale of Gripen
shifted from 300 levels to the 400 level. That same month, the Swiss
parliament voted yes to buy 22 aircraft, but this can be changed by a
The Skr29 billion that Brazil expects to pay in the purchase is twice
as much as the entire Saab's market capitalization on the Stockholm
Stock Exchange closing on Wednesday. This could also be a boost to
Switzerland to buy the Saab jets as a leading player has joined the
Saab has thus beaten the US companies and this stand as a price to be
paid by Americans for their over-reaching, arrogant and bullying-spying
The Saab Gripen family is now made up of the following
South Africa has bought 28 Gripen aircraft.
Hungary has leased 14 aircraft and also the Czech Republic has leased 14 planes.
Thailand bought six planes in 2008 and has ordered another 6.
Brazil, Denmark and India have previously received quotes. There is also interest in Gripen in Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria.
The purchases in the Czech Republic, Hungary and South Africa, as well
as a failed business in Austria, have been the subject of alleged
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