LONDON—The Brazilian defense ministry has formally signed the $5.4 billion deal to purchase the Saab Gripen fighter, which it selected in its F-X2 competition. The contract, signed between Saab and the Brazilian air force’s Aeronautics Command (Comaer) on Oct. 24, is for 36 new-generation Gripens, comprising 28 single-seat and eight twin-seat aircraft. Contract signature came just two days before Brazil’s Oct. 26 presidential election, which saw incumbent president Dilma ...

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