Thursday, May 19th 2011 - 07:16 UTC

Brazil’s purchase of 36 fighter jets will be made in 2012 says Rousseff

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff revealed this week that the purchase of 36 fighter jets for the country's Air Force and involving billions of dollars but which has been postponed for years will be made in 2012.

Sweden’s Grippen is one of the three offers for the several billion USD contract

The news filtered following a meeting of the Brazilian President with visiting Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt from Sweden, one of the three countries that have expressed an interest in the contract.

Sweden is offering its Grippen jets fighters along with France and its Dassault Rafale and the United States F-18 Super Hornet.

The decision has been dragging since the previous administration. Under the terms of the contract the purchase of the aircraft must involve a significant technology transfer component including assembling some of the units in Brazil.

Prime Minister Reinfeldt is the last of several strong direct lobbying attempts by the three countries involved: President Nicholas Sarkozy has sold submarines to the Brazilian navy and has promised to help build a nuclear powered submersible in Brazil. He enjoyed a very close relation with previous president Lula da Silva.

Earlier this year President Barack Obama visited Brazil and brought up the issue of the F-18 Super Hornet and softened the offer regarding technology transfer.

PM Reinfeldt and Ms Rousseff also talked about boosting bilateral trade relations and the coming world climate summit scheduled to take place in Rio do Janeiro next year.

Trade between Brazil and Sweden reached two billion U.S. dollars in 2010. During the first quarter of 2011 Brazilian exports to Sweden increased 21% while imports soared 30%.

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1 geo (#) May 19th, 2011 - 01:18 pm Report abuse
however Brasil can able to produce it's own jets !
2 GeoffWard (#) May 19th, 2011 - 01:33 pm Report abuse
I think the technology transfer is so the Brasilian aero research industry can eg. reverse-engineer whole planes and also have the technology within Brasil.

Only then can it understand enough of the cutting-edge military technology and build methodologies to do it for itself.

Brasil has a good provenance with Embraer in the assembly of commercial planes so, if China can do it by cloning planes etc bought in from elsewhere, Brasil should be able to also do it .
3 briton (#) May 19th, 2011 - 10:31 pm Report abuse
And in responce argentina will buy mmmmm 36 cars lol
4 Forgetit87 (#) May 20th, 2011 - 05:12 am Report abuse

“I think the technology transfer is so the Brasilian aero research industry can eg. reverse-engineer whole planes and also have the technology within Brasil.”

Wow, GeoffW, so Brazil wants the technology transfer so it can have the technology! How did you figure that out?

By the way, transference of military technology is something very common nowadays. Big buyers of military equipment - India and South Korea, for example - often only sign military agreements that provide technology transfer to domestically-owned companies. This has nothing to do with something as dishonest as reverse-engineering foreign planes - which by the way isn't even something that complicated; even Pakistan, a relatively backwards nation, has done that. But of course you'll choose to assume the worst about “your” nation.
5 lsolde (#) May 20th, 2011 - 11:04 am Report abuse
@4, a bit touchy aren't we? l thought Geoff's post was quite informative.
l don't think he was denigrating Brazil.
6 briton (#) May 20th, 2011 - 01:30 pm Report abuse
7 Artillero601 (#) May 20th, 2011 - 04:21 pm Report abuse
Don't mess with Geoff otherwise you will mess with me ......I'm just saying !! :-))
8 Forgetit87 (#) May 20th, 2011 - 06:06 pm Report abuse
I myself thought his post was quite obvious. “Chover no molhado.”
9 GeoffWard (#) May 21st, 2011 - 12:06 pm Report abuse
Thanks, guys.
Sometimes I find the Mercopress language so obscure that I find it necessary to restate it in simpler words to aid my understanding. Sometimes I post these - even if they risk being thought obvious.

Sometimes I ask Forgetit to help me when I find Mercopress unintelligable and the underlying principles unknown to me.
Sometimes he can be quite helpful.

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