US aerospace giant Boeing is proposing to transfer $1.5 billion dollars in fighter jet technology to
French news agency AFP reports the offer appear to be an attempt to blunt competing bids from France’s Dassault, which is putting forward its advanced Rafale fighter, and Sweden’s Saab, which is proposing its yet-to-be-built Gripen NG, to replace Brazil’s aging fleet of 12 French-made Mirage-2000 jets and 50 US-made F-5 aircraft.
The deal is estimated to be worth between “two and three billion dollars,”
Boeing said, and would involve delivering F/A-18 Super Hornets from 2014.
“We believe that the $1.5 billion of technology we are gonna give to our partnership here will make them a better industry for years to come,” Boeing executive vice president James Albaugh told reporters in
The deal would be associated with materials and other support, he said, noting
The technology transfer is a “clear signal” to
US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control Ellen Tauscher and Pentagon acquisition and technology chief Ashton Carter said last week they had outlined the proposal to Brazilian officials.
Accompanied in Brasilia by President Barack Obama’s national security advisor, retired Marine Commandant General Jim Jones, they said the technology transfer was part of a final gambit to try to persuade Brazil’s air force to buy the new combat aircraft.
“We want to have a technology relationship with
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