Brazil’s New Jet Fighter Saga

By Arnout Nuijt

Last week Reuters reported that President Dilma Rousseff had decided to wait until mid-2013 to make a decision on Brazil’s multibillion-dollar Air Force jets contract. What, again? Yes, again… So how should we interpret this delay? Most observers seem to agree that this development increases Boeing’s Super Hornet chances of winning the deal, instead of the earlier favorite, the French Dassault Rafale. So is this delay upon delay a tactical and polite way of saying no to the French? Possibly, but there is more at stake in this deal than meets the eye. It’s not just about buying 36 new planes. It’s all about the future of Brazil’s aviation and technology sectors and Brazil must make the best possible deal if it wants to achieve its ambitions… Continue reading “Brazil’s New Jet Fighter Saga”