Monday, 11 July 2011
Brazil reaffirms that it is postponing its decision on which fighter aircraft it will want to buy till next year the earliest. This concerns us because the Swedish fighter jet, the Saab's Gripen is one of three planes competing for attention and the Brazilian business.
"At the moment we are busy with domestic agenda, "said Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim at the weekend in connection with a company event in southern France, according to Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter.
According to Jobim, for the Brazil to address the issue, it will be at the earliest next year. He would not which of the three aircrafts it is leaning in the race.
In early March, the Swedish business daily, Dagens Industri reported that the Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega said that the government has no money to buy fighter jets this year.
"We have no funds available and no fiscal space, "said Mantega, adding that it is therefore highly unlikely that the acquisition will be completed this year.
Saab CEO Buskhe said in April 29 to Swedish media that they are waiting for some kind of decision within the next year.
"We are awaiting some kind of decision over the next twelve months, "Buskhe had been quoted saying.
"We have no indications that they’ll put the operation on ice, but the signals are surely in the "near future". But then what is the near future? Our hope is that there will be no answer in the next ten to twelve months,” added Buskhe.
In addition to the Gripen, other competing countries are the U.S. with Boeing F-18 and French with Dassault Rafale, of orders valued at several billion dollars.