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Brazilian air force to nearly double Saab Gripen order, cut KC-390 order in half: reports
The service explained its plans in two interviews with Brazilian media on 1 and 2 June.
https://www.flightglobal.com/fixed-wing ... 19.articlePlans to increase its order of F-39E/F fighters come as the country is also cutting back on its order of Embraer KC-390 transports. Brazil had originally ordered 28 examples of the aircraft, but after negotiations with Embraer expects to receive between 13 and 16 units over the course of the programme, it says in an interview with Brazilian publication Aero Magazine. The service had earlier said that Embraer would only produce two aircraft per year going forward.
The negative impact of the coronavirus on the Brazilian economy, and thus government tax revenues, forced the service to make a hard choice, Baptista said.
In 2021 the Bazilian air force only has “50% of the resources to pay the financing of the KC-390 and the Gripen”, he says. Faced with a choice between a larger fighter fleet and its domestically-developed KC-390, the service chose future purchases of the F-39E/F.