Brazil an­nounces win­ner of fighter ac­qui­si­tion pro­gramme

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

The Brazil­ian De­fence Min­is­ter Celso Amorim re­cently an­nounced the win­ner of the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion for the ac­qui­si­tion of new multi-mis­sion fight­ers for the Brazil­ian Air Force (FAB).

Ac­com­pa­nied by Air Force com­man­der Bri­gadier Ju­niti Saito, Amorim said the Fed­eral Govern­ment had de­cided in fa­vor of the Gripen-NG air­craft of­fered by a con­sor­tium led by Swedish man­u­fac­turer Saab.

The French Rafale (Das­sault) and the North Amer­i­can F-18 (Boe­ing) also com­peted in the fi­nal stage of the com­pe­ti­tion. Ac­cord­ing to Celso Amorim, the vic­tory of the Swedish fighter in the F-X2 pro­gramme is mainly due to tech­ni­cal rea­sons. “The choice was the ob­ject of much study and care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion, and took into ac­count per­for­mance, ef­fec­tive tech­nol­ogy trans­fer and ac­qui­si­tion costs as well as op­er­at­ing costs. The fi­nal choice was based on these three fac­tors,” said the min­is­ter.

Also weighed in the se­lec­tion, ac­cord­ing to Bri­gadier Ju­niti Saito, cri­te­ria con­cern­ing the com­mer­cial coun­ter­parts (off­sets) of­fered by Saab, in ac­cor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of the Na­tional De­fense Strat­egy (SND). “We have sev­eral in­dus­tries that have of­fered to con­trib­ute to the devel­op­ment of the air­craft. At the end of devel­op­ment, we will have ac­cess to all the tech­nol­ogy of the air­craft,” said the com­man­der of the FAB.

In the Brazil­ian Air Force’s eval­u­a­tion, the Gripen-NG was distin­guished by cut­ting edge tech­nol­ogy with ad­vanced sys­tem of sen­sors and data fu­sion, char­ac­ter­is­tics that give the pilot a com­plete and ac­cu­rate pic­ture of the com­bat sce­nario. The new mul­ti­mis­sion air­craft was de­signed for air su­pe­ri­or­ity, air de­fense, ae­rial re­con­nais­sance, air-to-ground and anti-ship en­gage­ments.

Ac­cord­ing to the FAB, the ac­qui­si­tion of the Swedish fighter will al­low Brazil to face threats any­where in the coun­try, with a full load of weapons and fuel.

The win­ning bid cov­ers the sup­ply of 36 air­craft. The in­vest­ments are in the or­der of $ 4.5 bil­lion, in a dis­burse­ment sched­ule will last un­til 2023. The first air­craft is ex­pected to ar­rive around 48 months af­ter the sig­na­ture of the fi­nanc­ing agree­ment, which must oc­cur in De­cem­ber 2014.

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