Saab AB’s deal to sell Saab Gripen NG jets to Brazil could more than triple to eventually include the purchase of over 100 aircraft before the country has satisfied its demand for combat planes, a senior Brazilian military officer said Tuesday.
Brazil’s Air Force plans to field “at least” 108 Saab ripen aircraft to make it the sole combat jet in the service’s inventory, Brig. José Augusto Crepaldi Affonso, the head of programs at the Brazilian Air Force said.
Brazil’s total purchase of Gripen jets could eventually grow further. The country is evaluating whether to use a derivative of the plane for aircraft-carrier operations. The ship-based version of the aircraft, called the Sea Gripen, would still have to be developed.