France to lose out lucrative Brazil jets deal
Iran Press TV
Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:6PM GMT
France would most likely lose out in its bid to conclude a multibillion-dollar contract with Brazil to sell twin-engine and multirole Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft to the Latin American country.
Brazil's Portuguese-language Folha de Sao Paulo daily reported on Saturday that France's $4 billion proposal for 36 Rafale fighter jets will be shot down for cost reasons.
The French bid is up against Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft and the single-engine multirole fighter Saab JAS 39 Gripen manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab.
France has been pushing the merits of the Rafale jets as Brazil seeks to retire its fleet of Mirage 2000 fighters at the end of the year.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said in 2009 that his country would opt for Rafales. He however left office before a deal could be struck.
Silva's successor, Dilma Rousseff, later made a decision to reassess the options.
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