2008-10-06 - Brazil fighter shortlistBrazil chooses three fighter finalists
Kampfflugzeugwettbewerb in Brasilien ohne Eurofighter<br /> On 1 October, the Brazilian Air Force announced that the Commission for the F-X2 new fighter programme, set up on 15 May, had completed evaluation of the six aircraft on offer and selected three for the short-list: Boeing F-18E/F, Dassault Rafale and Saab Gripen. No longer in contention are thus the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Lockheed Martin F-16 and die Sukhoi Su-35, which had also answered to the Request for Information.
"Boeing is honored that Brazil has selected the Super Hornet as a finalist for the next phase of the F-X2 competition," said Bob Gower, F/A-18 and EA-18 Programs vice president, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. "This selection reinforces the Super Hornet's ability to meet the operational requirements of the Brazilian Air Force and the forward-leaning stance of the U.S. government regarding transparency and technology release. Boeing looks forward to establishing long-term partnerships with the Brazilian Air Force, Brazilian industry and the government of Brazil." The Block II Super Hornet, with its Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, presents a comprehensive multi-role capability solution at an affordable price. Boeing has delivered 367 Super Hornets to the U.S. Navy to date, all on or ahead of schedule.
"Our answer to the Request for Information (RFI) that we handed in to the Brazilian Air Force in August includes a fighter that perfectly fits their needs, as well as full support regarding spare parts, logistics and training", explains Bengt Janér, marketing director for Brazil, Gripen International. Saab's response also confirms the willingness to include Brazilian industry, share know how, and transfer the most modern technology existing today. The Gripen NG offer from Saab is supported by the Swedish Government.