Saab and the Brazilian Air Force’s purchasing organisation (COPAC) have decided to go for new amendments to the Gripen Brazil offset agreement, reports Cavok.com.
The latest updates will result in changes to 13 projects under Transfer of Technology and Industrial Cooperation agreement. The changes have been proposed to meet the latest requirements in the fields of armament integration, assembly of structure components of Gripen fuselage etc.
The document approving the changes was signed by Göran Almquist, deputy programme manager for Gripen in Brazil and Brigadier General Márcio Bruno Bonotto, the president of COPAC.
"So far, all our expectations have been met. Everything is going as per schedule. 50% of the technology transfer initiatives have been completed. This demonstrates the confidence that FAB and Saab have in each other," says General Márcio Bruno Bonotto.
The offset agreement, which is a part of the Gripen contract, was signed by Saab and the Brazilian government in 2014.
One of the major milestones of this offset program was the establishment of the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN) in 2016. More than a 100 engineers, out of which 90 are local, are currently working at GDDN. The next big step would be the he setting up of an aerostructure plant in São Bernardo do Campo, in Greater São Paulo by 2020.
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