Brazil could launch tender offer for military aircraft

(WAPA) – Despite government cuts in defense expenditure, and the postponement of a final decision regarding the need to renew the military fleet, a decision that former president Lula should have taken before the end of his tenure (2010), defense minister Celso Amorim officially declared that Brazil has an “Urgent” need for new fighter jets. 

According to the initial plan, the country should purchase 36 new aircraft for a contract valued between 4000 to 7000 million dollars for which they have already received the proposals of Dassault with “Rafale”, Boeing with F/A-18 “Super Hornet “and Saab with “Gripen”. 

Amorim also stated that the country needs to implement efficient aircraft reconnaissance and surveillance of country borders and the Amazon and announced that by 2013 the 12 “Mirage” of the the Anapolis air base will no longer be able to operate, and “This is something urgent and very important”. 

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