SAAB Gripen wins Brazil fighter jet bid. Boeing Super Hornet victim of NSA scandal?

Dec 18 2013 - 13 Comments

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has announced that the SAAB Gripen NG fighter jet has been selected for the FX-2 program of the Brazilian Air Force.

The decision to buy 36 Swedish jets has come after 10 years of negotiations and speculations.

Along with the eventual winner, other two contenders took part to the bid: the French Dassault Rafale and the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

The Rafale was discarded for its higher cost, causing an angry reaction by Dassault, that in a subsequent press conference said: “We regret the choice has gone in favor of Gripen, an aircraft provided with many items of equipment of 3rd party origin. […] “This financial rationale fails to take into account either Rafale’s cost-effectiveness or the level of technology offered.”

Boeing Super Hornet was considered the favorite until the Snowden scandal brought to light that the NSA (National Security Agency) had been spying on Brazilian companies, agencies, officials and the president herself: in a direct attack on US electronic surveillance at the UN general assembly, Rousseff accused Washington of breaching  international law.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries suddenly worsened and the chances Boeing could win the Brazil’s bid became paltry.

Marcelo R Silva contributed to this post

Image credit: MBDA

 

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  • Bigdirk

    I would say that the chances are good that the NSA scandal influenced the Brazilians, particularly as it transpires that the Brazilian Government is requesting Snowden’s assistance now. The Gripen is a fair aircraft although not blooded to the same extent as American. It will be interesting to see if any more countries decide to follow Brazil’s example and hit the US where it hurts.

  • Bigdirk

    I would say that the chances are good that the NSA scandal influenced the Brazilians, particularly as it transpires that the Brazilian Government is requesting Snowden’s assistance now. The Gripen is a fair aircraft although not blooded to the same extent as American. It will be interesting to see if any more countries decide to follow Brazil’s example and hit the US where it hurts.

    • Kemijoen Rantarosvo

      Well, the American pilots should only be very grateful of to not have been engaged in real life with SAAB military products.
      The US is only too avid to prove the point of “what goes around, comes around”, innit?

  • dyssiden

    IBM, Boeing, are just some of the big companies that lose revenues due to nsa. It will be in the hundreds of billions of dollars over some years. This contract cost boeing about $5 billion. Wonder what other countries gonna cancel boeing contracts. Not too long ago there were some stories on how IBM revenue overseas plumetted because of the nsa.

    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/11/27/study-nsa-spying-may-cost-us-companies-35-billion

  • dyssiden

    IBM, Boeing, are just some of the big companies that lose revenues due to nsa. It will be in the hundreds of billions of dollars over some years. This contract cost boeing about $5 billion. Wonder what other countries gonna cancel boeing contracts. Not too long ago there were some stories on how IBM revenue overseas plumetted because of the nsa.

    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/11/27/study-nsa-spying-may-cost-us-companies-35-billion

  • Common Sense

    Yes and no. Despite the obvious benefits of the Super Hornet-affordability, boost to ties and synergy between Boeing and Embraer, there would still have been some misgivings about technology transfer etc. The Gripen gives the best of both worlds, given its significant American connection.

  • Common Sense

    Yes and no. Despite the obvious benefits of the Super Hornet-affordability, boost to ties and synergy between Boeing and Embraer, there would still have been some misgivings about technology transfer etc. The Gripen gives the best of both worlds, given its significant American connection.

  • Comparing SAAB Gripen, LCA, JF-17 and
    F-CK-1 Ching-kuo

  • Comparing SAAB Gripen, LCA, JF-17 and
    F-CK-1 Ching-kuo

  • Ed

    To be honest, I pretty much hope so… Perhaps economic consequence is enough to finally put the perverted “it’s ok as long as no one knows” mentality to rest?

  • Ed

    To be honest, I pretty much hope so… Perhaps economic consequence is enough to finally put the perverted “it’s ok as long as no one knows” mentality to rest?

  • Matteo Emilio Corsi

    it’s good news that a choice is finally made taking into consideration the product and the service rendered only. Surely the FA18E/F is combat proven, but cost IS an issue, and international politics have little to do with the package effectiveness..

  • Richard

    “We regret the choice has gone in favor of Gripen, an aircraft provided with many items of equipment of 3rd party origin. […] “This financial rationale fails to take into account either Rafale’s cost-effectiveness or the level of technology offered.”

    Somebody call the waahblulance!