UPDATE 1-Saab CEO confident about Brazil jet deal despite crisis

martes 17 de mayo de 2016 15:46 GYT

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STOCKHOLM May 17 (Reuters) - Sweden's Saab is keeping a close eye on political turmoil in Brazil, which has ordered 36 of its Gripen jet fighters, but does not expect the crisis to threaten orders or undermine its key programme, Chief Executive Hakan Buskhe said on Tuesday.

"All of us are looking at what is happening in Brazil, but I am not having sleepless nights," Buskhe told reporters, asked whether the crisis could crimp its growth there.

Brazil has said it is interested in buying two further batches of Gripens.

Speaking on the eve of a rollout of Saab's new Gripen E, ordered by Brazil and Sweden, Buskhe reaffirmed a target of 400 to 450 Gripen orders including more from Brazil.

Saab is competing in Belgium and believes Switzerland will revive a previously abandoned fighter contest, he said.

Saab is meanwhile in talks to sell the Gripen to Slovakia while monitoring potential fighter purchases in India and Canada, officials at the Swedish defence company said.

Buskhe told reporters Saab was carrying out a continuous review of its 600 mainly defence products, weighing 10 parameters, and aimed to reduce its catalogue while remaining a "broad company".

He said Saab would probably make more disposals than acquisitions as it adjusts its portfolio but that the value of acquisitions would be higher.   Continuación...