Brazil May Become Colombia’s Next Fighter Development Hub

Saab CEO Micael Johansson recently told a Brazilian newspaper that if Gripen were to win the Colombian fighter competition, the existing facilities in Brazil can be used for final assembly and testing, reports Airway

“The Brazil-Colombia relationship is very good and there is great interaction between the air forces of the two countries. We still have to define the model, but we have created the possibility of doing the final assembly and testing here,” said Johansson.

Colombia currently operates 23 Israeli Kfir fighter which it acquired three decades ago. The Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Colombiana, FAC) is evaluating Saab's Gripen, the Eurofighter, and Lockheed Martin F-16V Block 70/72 for their fighter requirement.

Last year, Saab offered 12 Gripen E and three Gripen F fighters to Colombia as per their requirement to replace their ageing fleet of Kfir. Colombia could become the second Latin American country to acquire Gripens after Brazil if Gripen is selected. 

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