Saab and the Swedish government are developing a joint strategy to boost industrial cooperation in Saab’s $4.5 billion Gripen fighter aircraft sales contract with Brazil, Defense News reported Tuesday.
Gerard O’Dwyer writes that Saab will manufacture 36 Gripen combat jets for the Brazilian military at the firm’s new production facility in Sao Bernardo.
The plant will also support future Gripen sales to other customers in South America and Africa through a joint venture with Embraer, according to the report.
Sweden’s Ministry of Trade wants to connect large-scale investments by local systems makers to the Saab-Brazil contract, O’Dwyer writes.
Defense News reports the two nations are also discussing a proposal where Brazil could lease two-seat variants from Sweden’s existing or surplus Gripen stock.