Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Rafale beaten by the Super Hornet in Brazil ?

F-18 E on final approach on the Roosevelt - © US navy Jul. 2008
The last news from Brazil are not good. According to Reuters, Dilma Rousseff would have said that the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet is the best choice for Brazil :

Feb 8 (Reuters) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has told visitors she believes Boeing's (BA.N) F-18 is the best jet among three finalists in a multi-billion dollar Air Force fighter tender, but she is still pressing for better terms on the issue of technology transfers, sources said.

Rousseff raised the issue of the jet tender in a meeting on Monday in Brasilia with visiting U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, sources with knowledge of the conversation told Reuters.
Rousseff told Geithner she remains concerned about the transfers of proprietary technology that Brazil wants to help develop its own defense industry as part of any deal. She is seeking both improved transfer terms and further guarantees from Boeing and the U.S. government, the sources said.

Edit 02/10 : France still confident on Brazil Rafale deal :

Feb 9 (Reuters) - France is still confident about its chances of securing a sale of Rafale fighter jets to Brazil, government spokesman Francois Baroin said on Wednesday, even though Brazil has said it is eyeing Boeing (BA.N) jets.
"We are confident on the outcome of this contest," Baroin told reporters, asked about the chances of France's Dassault Aviation AVMC.PA landing a long-awaited first export order. (Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry; Editing by Peter Graff)


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