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Submission + - Saab wins Brazil jet deal after NSA spying sours Boeing bid ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Brazil awarded a $4.5 billion contract to Saab AB on Wednesday to replace its aging fleet of fighter jets, a surprise coup for the Swedish company after news of U.S. spying on Brazilians helped derail Boeing's chances for the deal.

The contract, negotiated over the course of three presidencies, will supply Brazil's air force with 36 new Gripen NG fighters by 2020. Aside from the cost of the jets themselves, the agreement is expected to generate billions of additional dollars in future supply and service contracts.

The timing of the announcement, after more than a decade of off-and-on negotiations, appeared to catch the companies involved by surprise. Even Juniti Saito, Brazil's top air force commander, said on Wednesday that he only heard of the decision a day earlier in a meeting with President Dilma Rousseff.

Until earlier this year, Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet had been considered the front runner. But revelations of spying by the U.S. National Security Agency in Brazil, including personal communication by Rousseff, led Brazil to believe it could not trust a U.S. company.

Nice work Mr President, members of Congress, FISA court members and General Alexander. You've done the Stasi proud.

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Saab wins Brazil jet deal after NSA spying sours Boeing bid

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  • The options to maybe buy the French ultra expensive Rafale, the Russian choice (with their well documented maintenance hassles), the Boeing option (with all of their technology transfer limitations), were never the best option.

    The sole reason the Saab / Swedish choice wasn't a done deal since the first round were ... politics ... corruption ... bribery ... and who knows, blackmail with information garthered NSA style (by the Americans, French or Russians).

    Saab has given soo much leeway to essentially transf

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