Some Brazilian media reports that at a meeting on December 18, Dilma Rousseff President (Dilma Rousseff) with the Minister of Defence and the armed services may be decided to determine the favorite F-X2 tender for the purchase of 36 fighter for the Air Force functional, reports now aereo.jor. br.
If tomorrow will not be decided and it will be delayed until the elections in 2014, we can assume that the tender once again «died.» Brazilian Air Force fighters seek out the substitution of obsolete since the mid-1990s. During this «period of indecision,» the Air Force withdrew from service fighters Mirage III, upgraded F-5 fleet, got hold of the Mirage 2000, upgraded gunships AMX.
Even with all the effort to maintain a small deterrent, under such circumstances, the miracle did not happen. Mirage 2000 fighters two years reversing should be withdrawn from the Air Force (their readiness achieved by using half of their number as spares), upgraded F-5 will last until 2017, the AMX attack aircraft can not do role fighter gains advantages in the air.
In May this year, observers were of the outlook that the winner will be elected South American F/A-18E/F Super Hornet manufactured by Boeing. This outlook was reinforced during a visit by U.S. Vice President Biden John (John Biden), during which the President of Brazil is satisfied that the requirements of the country are met. But in June, there were acts involving the spy scandal after Rousseff canceled own October visit to the U.S..
Gave new impetus to the tender nedavneshny visit of French President Francois Hollande (Francois Hollande), where the French hoped would strengthen the position of the fighter Rafale. But, according to local press reports, the Brazilian government gave clearly realize that this Aircraft uncompetitive because the highest price. Yet, with the government no official statement on this subject, because it can be concluded that the main struggle as before will go between aircraft Rafale and Super Hornet.