The Brazilian Ministry of Defense in December 2013 of the year summed up the results of the tender for the supply of the country's air force to fighter aircraft to replace the obsolete Dassault Mirage IIIE / D, withdrawn from service in the 2005 year. The winner of the competition, which was attended by the Swedish JAS-39E / F Gripen NG, Eurofighter Typhoon, French Dassault Rafale, Russian Su-35, American Boeing F / A-18E / F Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin F-16BR Fighting Falcon, was announced a fighter from Sweden.
In total, according to the contract, Saab will supply the Brazilian Air Force with 36 Gripen fighters: 28 Gripen E single-seat planes and eight Gripen F two-seat aircraft. The contract states that Brazilian fighters must be specifically tailored to the customer's air force requirements. In the version for Brazil, Gripen E fighters received a dashboard with a central widescreen information display, two auxiliary small information displays and an updated display system on the windshield. Improved flight control system software has also been installed.
It is reported that thirteen fighters will be manufactured at the headquarters in Linkoping, Sweden, eight car kits will be manufactured in Sweden, but assembled in Brazil, and the latest 15 fighters will be built in Brazil from scratch. Aircraft delivery will begin no earlier than 2021 of the year and should end by 2024.