Fallout from the NSA spying scandal – Brazil has snubbed the US firm Boeing and awarded a 4.5 billion dollar jet contract to the Swedish firm Saab.
The deal will supply Brazil’s air force with 36 new Gripen NG fighters by 2020.
It will also generate billions of additional dollars in future supply and service contracts.
Until earlier this year, Boeing had been considered the front runner for the contract.
However, revelations of spying by the US National Security Agency in Brazil, including the president’s personal communications, appears to have soured relations.
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