New York September 23 rd, Brazil president Dilma Rousseff told French President Sarkozy that the purchase of 36 new fighter jets for the Brasilian Air Force will be put on hold during 2012 unless the economic situation improves :
“Depending on the evolution of the global economic situation, if the
crisis turns out to be less severe than some imagine, then those plans
can resume next year”
The French Press also reported that Dilma Rousseff would have stated to her French conterpart that she would favour the Rafale if the bidding process was to be resumed.