On 24 October, the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) signed with the Swedish company SAAB a contract for the purchase of 36 Gripen NG fighter aircraft. The first aircraft will be delivered in 2019 and the last in 2024. The investment of approximately 13 billion Brazilian réals also provides for the training of pilots and mechanics Brazilians in Sweden, logistic support and technology transfer to Brazilian industries.
Embraer will take a leadership role in the local manufacturing of the aircraft, with the participation of other Brazilian companies, thereby providing a leap forward for our industry in general.
For the Navy of Brazil, this agreement represents the first step in a process which could allow, in future, that we have the possibility of having an aircraft for naval roles which would be a variant of one already in use by the FAB, and which would also be of national production, bringing with it all related benefits.
This cooperation agreement that will allow the transfer of technology to the Brazilian industry is so important that the president of the SAAB, Hakan Buskhe said at a news conference that "We will transfer technology and the ability to design and build fighters."