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Brazil again delays fighter jet contract; France rapidly losing ground in the bid

Monday, December 16th 2013 - 17:19 UTC
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France is pushing for the Rafale, a negotiation started under ex president Sarkozy France is pushing for the Rafale, a negotiation started under ex president Sarkozy

France will lose out in its bid to win a multi-billion-dollar fighter jet contract with Brazil, the Folha de Sao Paulo daily reported over the week-end. It said France’s 4 billion dollars proposal for 36 Rafale fighter jets, from a consortium led by French giant Dassault, will be shot down for cost reason.

 The French bid is up against Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet and the Gripen, made by Sweden’s Saab, for its FX-2 program. But the newspaper did not say who would be the likely winner of the highly prized contract.

French President Francois Hollande held talks Thursday with his Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia during which he backed sharing technological knowhow and saluted increasing bilateral trade.

With Brazil seeking to retire its Mirage 2000 jets at the end of the year, France has been pushing the merits of the Rafale, initially believing it had a deal under Hollande’s predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.

Rousseff’s predecessor, Lula da Silva, had said in 2009 that Brazil would plump for the Rafale but he left office before a deal could be put together and Rousseff then decided to reassess the options.

Indications in Brazil are that Rousseff is not ready to approve such a big-ticket purchase going into a year in which she seeks re-election and when her government is already under fire from voters for the estimated 11 billion dollars cost of staging the World Cup. Folha predicted a final decision would not come before 2015

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  • Fido Dido

    Smart move Brazil, and don't worry, BOEING and the obama administration are smiling. They will lower the price for you and is willing to give you everything you want.

    Dec 16th, 2013 - 06:11 pm 0
  • Troneas

    Except that the US spying fiasco does not help their probabilities to being chosen.

    Dec 16th, 2013 - 07:07 pm 0
  • Briton

    the French, it seems have already lost it,

    so the Americans may be in the driving seat,

    yet brazil has a spying problem with the Americans,

    problems decisions and more problems ,
    they could always be daring and buy the Euro

    Dec 16th, 2013 - 07:41 pm 0
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