Brazil to consider Swedish JAS Gripen jet fighters

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    Mohit Joshi on Thu, 10/02/2008

    Stockholm - Swedish-made jet fighter JAS Gripen has been listed as a candidate by the Brazilian Air Force in plans to modernize its fleet, the company said Thursday.

    Gripen International, owned by the Saab defence group of Sweden, said the next generation JAS Gripen fighter was suitable for Brazil's needs, and the country could count on "full support regarding spare parts, logistics and training."

    Defence group Saab said it was prepared to "share know-how" and transfer technology to Brazil as part of a possible package.

    Brazil plans to buy 36 jet fighters. JAS Gripen rivals include the French-made Dassault Rafale and the F-18 Super Hornet made by US manufacturer Boeing.

    In addition to Sweden, Jas Gripen jets have been bought or leased by South Africa, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

    Thailand recently bought six planes and Gripen International presented an offer to India for 126 jet fighters in April.

    JAS Gripen is also vying to supply jets to the Danish, Norwegian, Swiss and Romanian air forces. (dpa)