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The intention already publicized by the Air Force by 2010 was having a fleet of approximately 120 jet aircraft in its fighter squadrons. Another was to develop a 5th generation from the technologies received/developed in the F-X2 project, which, in large part, signaled a partnership with the company/ consortium/ country that won the program. This 5th generation aircraft is referred to generically as F-X3. Of course, this may change over time, but what is revealed by the Force/Ministry of Defense signals that path. As many as 84 such aircraft might be procuded to maintain the 120 aircraft goal.

The exercise also already considers the replacement of the remaining AT-26 Xavante jets by F-5EM, and the latter would accumulate the operational transition function (LIFT), until the acquisition of a more adequate jet for this purpose. Thus, it is assumed that a current fleet composed of a number a little lower than the announced target of 120 aircraft will be gradually replaced, among models F-2000 (12 units), F-5M (approximately 50 units, part still in modernization, including used models received to complement the fleet, such as those acquired from Jordan) and A-1/A-1M (approximately 50 units - noting that, as the modernization of this vector is still in its infancy, and the numbers of its final result are still far away, the nomenclature A1 / A1M was used instead of simply A-1M).

The Brazilian government announced 18 December 2013 the selection of Gripen NG. The announcement was to be followed by negotiations with the Brazilian Air Force aiming at a procurement of 36 Gripen NG. In the coming decades, the F-X2 will become the low side of a fleet composition in which the gradual renewal of vectors is planned, in an Air Force that cannot avoid following the technological development of the rest of the world. (even assuming that the F-X2 winner undergoes major upgrades over its lifetime). Fleet renewals had been like this for decades. Most likely, they will continue to be for the next ones, around the world and, if possible, in Brazil.

Rumors that Russia and Brazil might join forces on a fifth-generation fighter plane first appeared in the spring of 2010, and had not been refuted. In August 2012 Russian manufacturer Sukhoi was reportedly preparing a proposal for an eventual third bid for the purchase of the new Brazilian Air Force (FAB) fighter jets, already called the FX-3. It would offer the T-50 PAK-FA model, developed in partnership with India.

A Russian delegation led by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited Brazil and Peru 14-17 October 2013 to promote sales of Russian weaponry to those countries. The delegation offered joint development of a fifth-generation combat aircraft of the type of its own most newest fighter to Brazilian defense officials. The proposal was in support of an unsolicited offer by Russias combat aircraft maker Sukhoi of its Su-35 fighter, that had been struck off Brazils shortlist for its air forces F-X2 tender. Russia was still hoping to sell the Su-35s or similar aircraft to Brazil outside the framework of that tender, sweetening the deal with the new proposal for deliveries of ready-for-sale advanced aircraft like the Su-35, but also joint development of a next-generation combat aircraft of the T-50 type, featuring "stealth" technology," super-maneuverability, super-cruise capability, and advanced avionics.

The FAB fleet would have, in 2021 a total of 10 F-X2 jets on loan, 12 Mirage 2000 B/C, 48 F-5EM jet trainers in the LIFT function, in addition to the remnants of the A- 1 / A-1M.



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