With an acquisition cost in the region of
The long-awaited announcement was made on 18 December by Brazilian defence minister
The decision was driven by aircraft performance, transfer of technology and low through-life costs, according to the officials.
Contract negotiation is expected to last between 10 and 12 months.
Deliveries are expected to start 48 months from contract signing and will eventually reach the rate of 12 aircraft per year.
Existing Gripen C/Ds operated by the
The older Swedish aircraft will be eventually replaced by the new Gripen E/F models.
Amorim says Â€œbesides this contract we are also currently open to setting up other partnerships, especially regarding fifth-generation fightersÂ€ .
Commenting about the Gripen NG, general Saito says Â€œthe intellectual property of this new fighter will be oursÂ€ .
For four years since publication of a short-list, the F-X2 fighter replacement program has pitted Gripen against Dassault's Rafale and the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.
Most recently, media reports about a visit by French President
Dassault, which has been working towards a new deal in
"The Gripen is a lighter, single engine aircraft that does not match the Rafale in terms of performance and therefore does not carry the same price tag," it says. "This financial rationale fails to take into account either the RafaleÂ€™s cost-effectiveness or the level of technology offered."
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