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Gripen E Rio de Janeiro

Saab Brazil

Saab in Brazil works with its customers to support the defence and security markets in the region. In this market area, Saab offers products, services and advanced solutions, including combat fighters, airborne sensor systems, training and simulation, C4I, ground based air defence, maritime and traffic management. With innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab is the preferred regional partner for military defense and civil security in Brazil.


Saab works with clients to support the region's defence and security market. In this market area, Saab delivers advanced products, services and solutions, including fighter aircrafts, airborne early warning systems, training and simulation, C4I, ground-based air defence, and air and maritime traffic management.

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Brazilian Gripen E

Gripen for Brazil

The Brazilian Gripen Programme strengthens the ties between Sweden and Brazil. Together with the local industry, Saab is building a long-term strategic partnership with Brazil and the Brazilian Air Force.

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Our history

For about 70 years, Saab, a Swedish Defense and Security company, founded in 1937, has maintained a close relationship with Brazil. The company's first staretd business in the country in the 1950s with the sale of its first civil aircraft, the Saab Scandia. 

From the beginning of the 1980s, sales of military products occurred through sales representatives and since 2009 the company has maintained its established operations in the country. Among the various solutions used by the Brazilian Armed Forces are the RBS 70 Very Short
Range Air Defence Missile System, the AT-4 anti-car weapon, the Carl Gustaf multipurpose cannon without recoil, the Early Air Alert and Erieye Control system, training equipment and simulation, Electronic Warfare solutions and the Gripen E / F fighter.

Brazil is also a user of solutions for civil security developed by Saab, such as the shared surface surveillance platform that is installed at Tom Jobim International Airport, in Rio de Janeiro, and Afonso Pena Airport, in Curitiba.

From 2021, the Brazilian Air Force will receive the first Gripen aircraft in Wing 2, in Anápolis. The partnership for the joint development and supply of 36 Gripen fighters is the largest export contract in the history of Sweden and the technology transfer program is certainly one of the most expressive globally. With a contract in force since 2014, the broad partnership due to the program solidified the company's position in the country and in Latin America.

Currently, about 100 employees work in the offices in Brasília, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro; at the Saab aerostructures factory, responsible for assembling the Gripen in São Bernardo do Campo (SP) and at Saab Sensores e Serviços do Brasil, also in São Bernardo do Campo, and at the Gripen Projects and Development Center (GDDN), at Embraer's plant in Gavião Peixoto (SP).