Although Sweden and Brazil have a partnership dating as far back as 1984, the Gripen contract, which was signed in 2014, has further strengthened the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
On 18 December 2013, Brazil selected Gripen to be its next-generation fighter aircraft, through the FX-2 evaluation programme. The following year in October, the contract for 36 new Gripen fighters was finally signed with the commitment to develop and produce 36 new Gripen fighters between 2019 and 2024. Over the years, the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN) came into being, an aerostructure plant was set up in Brazil, and several other Brazilian companies joined the partnership.
In addition to that, discussions carried out in annual meetings by the Swedish-Brazilian High Level Group (HLG) on Aeronautics, have further deepened the relationship between the two parties. The HLG, which was started in 2015, was created to expand cooperation in the aeronautics field, and to identify new initiatives of mutual interest.
"The High Level Group in Aeronautics can be seen as a direct result of the Gripen agreement and the cooperation covers a wide field of research and development areas, offering possibilities for spinoffs not only in military projects, but also in civilian and dual-use projects," states Magnus Ahlström, Vice President of Saab Global Innovation.
The HLG in Aeronautics is composed of government representatives such as State Secretaries or Vice Ministers for the respective Ministries responsible for Industry, Innovation, Defence and Foreign Affairs; as well representatives from areas such as the Air Force, R&D funding agencies, Aeronautics companies, among many others.
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