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Brazil to discuss fighter jet purchase

AFP/The Local · 4 Nov 2010, 08:09

Published: 04 Nov 2010 08:09 GMT+01:00

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"We are going to talk over the issue of the fighters, me, her (Rousseff) and (Defense Minister Nelson) Jobim," he said in a joint media conference with Rousseff in Brasilia.

Brazil has pushed off for months declaring a winner in an international competition to supply it with 36 modern fighter aircraft for a value of between $4 billion and $7 billion.

France's Rafale by Dassault, Sweden's Gripe NG by Saab, and the US-made F/A-18 Super Hornet by Boeing are all on the shortlist for the tender.

Lula initially said a year ago that negotiations were underway to buy the Rafale, but then stepped back from that position to see through the contest.

A final decision was put on hold since March until Brazil's presidential election was over.

Rousseff, Lula's former cabinet chief, easily won a Sunday runoff and will take over as head of state on January 1 next year.

Both Lula and Rousseff will be attending a G20 summit in South Korea November 11-12 at which French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US President Barack Obama were also expected.

Brazil has insisted on full transfer of technology in the deal so it can build its own advanced military aircraft in the future.

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Seperately, media reports indicated on Wednesday that South Africa could not afford to keep all of the 26 Gripen aircraft that it has ordered in the air. The news was based on an internal report from the country's defence ministry.

A total of 16 Gripen aircraft have so far been delivered to South Africa.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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11:13 November 4, 2010 by LuxVeritas
Meanwhile, back in the boardroom...

The fat men laughed whilst puffing on their cigars giving the young serving girl dirty looks whilst rubbing their crutches.

"It's great. You let us build some factories, pay crap, reduce labour rights make offshore tax incentive profits and we will sell you weapons at a discount. You can just pay for them out of the taxes of your sheeple and human cattle, ha ha ha."

They all laughed puffing on their cigars as they reached over their gross bellies for the their flies in expectant under age oral satisfaction.

Another great global deal done for the sociopathic self-styled elite.

"Fu** you Swedish tax payer, fu** you Brazilian tax payer." and they all laughed in unison whilst guzzling champagne.
14:20 November 4, 2010 by facetedjewel
Rubbing their 'crutches'?

Note: Did anyone else mark the irony of the tattoo next to this post?
14:23 November 4, 2010 by pcgomes
The report doesn't mention, but the Brazilian Military Aviation ministry prepared a technical survey, and concluded that Saab's Gripen NG would be the best buy based on the Brazilian's criteria (price, maintenance cost, transfer of technology).

On the other hand Lula has the policy to keep close cooperation and alignment to to France since they have a permanent seat at United Nation Security Council, a position which Brazil also wants to have. Thus Lula is more inclined to buy Dassault's Raffales.

To solve such standoff, the Brazilian press claim that government will buy half of the fighters jet from Sweden and half from France.
21:08 November 4, 2010 by Harpoon
Why doesn't anyone, at anytime, question the origin of these "news". Start by asking yourselves; who controls AFP?

Even more embarrasing on a Swedish news site.

The operational costs of the Rafale will bleed the FAB to a standstill but I guess that wouldn't be in an AFP bulletin...
04:06 November 5, 2010 by jackx123
I'm sure sweden will throw in a few erieye for free, as they did with Thailand, to complete a very competitive integrated air defense system. This france cannot provide. However, politics rule the world and ANYTHING is possible under those conditions.
16:01 November 5, 2010 by karex
@Harpoon, you have an important point. Reason why the Air Force wants the Gripen. But with the socialists in power, they will bleed the small working middle class (i.e. the taxpayers since the poor live off government handouts and the rich don't pay taxes) to support both their French ass-kissing and the Air Force.

Once the middle class has been strangled to death, they will "review" their policies. Knowing how the socialists operate in Brazil this will probably involve blaming the Air Force.

In the meantime, by the time they finally decide something they will be pulling their old aircraft with oxen...
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