Opinion: How Tech Transfer Helped SAAB Win In Brazil
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Vianney Goncalves, Jr. | Aviation Week & Space Technology
The F-X2 Project, the Brazilian Air Force's procurement program for a new fighter, has reached fruition some 15 years after the request for proposals was issued. The winner is an in-development Swedish multirole fighter, the Saab JAS-39 Gripen E/F (New Generation), which defeated its shortlisted competitors, the Dassault Rafale and Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet.
Even more decisive than the winning aircraft's alleged lowest operational cost was its level of technology transfer (which only the "not fully developed" new Gripen could provide to Brazil). That was what clinched the deal, according to the decision makers.
Saab's sales campaign had offered Brazilian companies 40% of the design work and 80% of structure production on Gripen E. At the time that Brazil announced its decision, the stage of the Swedish development of the Gripen E had moved beyond the 40% co-design work initially offered, so the main draw for Brazil's engineers (and the main reason behind the choice) of the Swedish proposal would be development of the two-seater version.
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