The Swedish manufacturer Saab can revise its contract to supply Gripen fighter jets to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) if it considers that the possible association between the US company Boeing and the Brazilian company Embraer puts technological secrets of its product at risk.
According Folha newspaper, that will be the message that Saab will give this Thursday, Jan. 25th, in a meeting marked with Minister Raul Jungmann (Defense). The Swedish delegation will be headed by the company’s president, Hakan Buskhe.
In 2013, the Swedish plane won a large international competition against the French Dassault Rafale and the American F / A-18 Boeing.
The contract was signed in 2014, and the financing in 2015. For 39,300 million Swedish crowns (15,700 million dollars), it will deliver 36 aircraft until 2024.
The key was the mandatory transfer of technology for the FAB and national companies -passed by Embraer, which will partially produce 8 and totally 15 of the devices.
The Swedish objection to sharing procedures and systems integration with American competitors raises the Brazilian ATM in the negotiation, although the interruption of the contract already underway is highly unlikely.
Embraer stopped being a state company in 1994, and 85% of its control is in the hands of foreign investors. But the government maintains a special action, called “golden share”, which gives the veto power to new businesses.
The reason is the interconnection of the manufacturer with the FAB and other strategic sectors. The government is in favor of association, but does not accept an Embraer controlled by Boeing.
He also wants to understand how the American company can offer sovereignty safeguards to their projects.
The Americans point to the fact that Boeing and Saab are partners in the development of a training aircraft in the United States as proof that the issue is not insurmountable. They also propose alternatives, since they have industrial activity in the defense area in the United Kingdom and in Australia.