Computer Business Review

US loses out on Brazil jet contracts amidst spying revelations

by Ben Sullivan| 19 December 2013

NSA spying on Brazil causing industry repercussions.

After a lengthy process, Brazil's government has said that Sweden's Saab won a fighter jet contract initially worth $4.5bn that will supply at least 36 aircraft to the country.

Also in the bidding competition were France's Dassault Rafale and Boeing's F-18 Super Hornet, which was originally tipped to be the obvious winner.

Analysts are saying that Boeing's bid was seriously damaged by the Snowden revelations that unearthed the NSA's extensive spying on the South American country, including direct targeting of President Dilma Rousseff's own communications.

The bidding for the contract started some 15 years ago, with Brazil wanting to increase its defence capabilities along its land borders and better protection for its offshore oil fields.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said on Twitter to call the decision "a tribute to Swedish technology and competitiveness."

The spying revelations are the most likely factor in Saab being chosen.

"Dilma had been favoring the Boeing plane and a lot of people thought she would announce her decision during her state visit to Washington," said David Fleischer, a political scientist at the University of Brasilia.

"Boeing was very close, but then the NSA booted them out of the air."

Dilma Rousseff cancelled the state visit to Washington in October amidst increased political tensions.


Comments
Post a comment

Comments may be moderated for spam, obscenities or defamation.

Join our network

716 people like this.
1564 people follow this.

Intelligence

Suppliers Directory


See more
Privcy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy. In the latest update it explains what cookies are and how we use them on our site. To learn more about cookies and their benefits, please view our privacy policy. Please be aware that parts of this site will not function correctly if you disable cookies. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy unless you have disabled them.