Brazil Fighter Jet Bid Results To Come After Easter

By Dialogo
March 26, 2010

Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim said that the winner of a multi-billion-dollar contract to supply the Brazilian air force would not be announced until after Easter, April 4. France's Dassault with its Rafale fighter, Sweden's Saab with the Gripen NG aircraft and US-based Boeing with the F/A-18 Super Hornet are competing to supply Brazil's air force with 36 new fighter jets. The deal has an initial value of an estimated four to 10 billion dollars, with the possibility of many more fighters being added later on. "Work is underway in the legal sector of the Defense Ministry. We are examining the legality of the proceedings, so that I can later submit an explanatory memorandum (on the preferred aircraft model) to the president," Jobim told reporters on the sidelines of a forum in Rio de Janeiro. "I think I will be able to present a statement of reasons to the president after Easter." Officials had said a decision was expected by the end of March. Jobim stressed the importance Brazil attaches to technology transfers, as the South American giant seeks to become a supplier of combat aircraft in Latin America. "We're not buying planes. We are acquiring a technology package, professional training and technology transfers," he said.