Friday 18 Apr 2014

Europe

Article taster from IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly 01 January 2014 issue.

Brazil selects Gripen to meet FX-2 requirement

Janet Tappin Coelho, Rio de Janeiro
 IHS Jane's Defence Weekly Correspondent

After more than 10 years of discussions, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has finally decided to purchase the Swedish Saab JAS 39 Gripen E multirole fighter aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) to meet the FX-2 programme.

Defence Minister Celso Amorim and FAB Commander Brigadier Juniti Saito made the official announcement at a press conference on 18 December.

The decision to finally end the wait over which one of the three remaining bidders - the French Dassault  Rafale, the US Boeing F-18E/F Super Hornet, and the Swedish Saab Gripen E (formerly NG)  - would secure the contract for the 36 F-X2 fighters came suddenly following an end-of- year ceremony 18 December involving Dilma and senior military officers.

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