Boeing: “Technology-Transfer Plan for Brazil Fully Approved by the United States”
By Dialogo April 18, 2011
Despite the postponement of the competition to build thirty-six fighter-bombers for the Brazilian Air Force, the thee candidates for the contract, Boeing, Dassault, and SAAB, highlighted the strengths of their bids at LAAD 2011.
In the case of the U.S. giant, Joe McAndrew, vice president for Europe, Israel, and Latin America, indicated at a press conference that the technology-transfer plan for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet “has been fully approved by the administration in the United States.”
McAndrew indicated that Boeing’s offsets for the F-X2 program are calculated at 250 billion dollars, compared to 5.7 billion for SAAB. In Dassault’s case, the figure has not been made public.
The American executive defended the idea of “forming a team with the government and local industry for the program’s development and logistical support,” at the same time that “we think that we can meet all the strategic objectives with regard to technology transfer, local workers, and the development of an independent and autonomous aerospace industry.”
This is a national autonomy that will be born from “cooperation and involvement in the Super Hornet’s evolution.”
At LAAD 2011, Boeing exhibited a simulator for the Super Hornet’s two models, E (one seat) and F (two seats), with a 180-degree projection screen simulating aerial combat, air-to-ground targeting, navigation, and mission systems operation.
The Super Hornet fighter is in service with the U.S. Navy and the Australian Air Force.