Gripen: Brazil postpones signing of the contract


The contract should have been signed in late June. It has been extended to this week when negotiations led to date to the end of October. What is preventing the signature is pressure of the economic team of the Brazilian government asking for a reduction of Interest rates on financing.

The Brazilian Defense Minister assured that despite budget cuts, there will be no retreat of the purchase, but the leasing of the C / D version may be canceled in favor of the acquisition of simulators.


Brazil signs $245 mln deal for arms on Saab fighter jet


(Reuters) – Swedish planemaker Saab AB said on Friday it had signed a $245 million deal with Brazil’s defense ministry to supply arms for the Gripen NG fighter jet, adding to a $5.4 billion order for 36 aircraft finalized in October.

Saab said it would book the order in the second half of this year, after getting export clearance. The company did not say which arms would be provided for the fighter jets or which other suppliers would be involved.


Embraer: Middle East a potential market for new jet


The Middle East countries are among the potential clients for Embraer’s new military jet aircraft, the KC-390. The model’s first prototype was introduced on October 21st and test flights should begin this year. Embraer estimates the model will have a potential market of 70-plus countries, and forecasts that all Middle East nations will be able to purchase the jet, since its features meet local requirements.

In an email interview to ANBA, the director of the KC-390 program, Paulo Gastão, has said this Tuesday (11th) that the new model was designed considering the needs of Arab countries. “On designing the KC-390, special attention was imparted to operating under adverse conditions, including very hot weather, employing state-of-the-art technologies. The interest shown (by the market) proves that the solutions we have chosen live up to the expectations of operators in that region,” said Gastão.

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Helibras enters double figures with EC725 deliveries

Helibras has delivered the tenth and eleventh EC725 helicopters to Brazil’s armed forces, under its 2008 tri-service contract for 50 units. Destined for the Brazilian air force, the tenth of the type to be produced by the Airbus Helicopters subsidiary is also the service’s fifth…