. Space Industry and Business News .

Boeing casts net wider for Brazil jet deal
by Staff Writers
Rio De Janeiro (UPI) Jul 20, 2011

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

The Boeing Co. cast its net wider in the campaign to secure Brazil's multibillion-dollar order for up to 100 jet fighters, pledging generous technology transfers and training for Brazilians as part of the deal.

Boeing is in competition with French Dassault Aviation's Rafale fighter jet and Swedish company Saab's Gripen NG rival.

Since U.S. President Barack Obama visited Brazil in March and met with President Dilma Rousseff, Boeing seems to have gained more support in media reports before the decision-making process reaches the next stage in 2012.

Appearances can be deceptive, however. All through 2010 Dassault's Rafale was tipped as the hot favorite to win the multibillion-dollar contract after positive comments by former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and hopeful pronouncements by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Boeing backers in the Brazilian government and military have cited the company's track record and strong, possibly unrivaled, features of its offering, the F/A-18 Super Hornet.

Rafale has had few buyers and Gripen has had rivals point out that its Gripen New Generation uses the General Electric F414G engine, developed from the F/A-18E/F used on the Super Hornet's engine.

Boeing Wednesday unveiled its marketing strategy at an aviation industry forum in Sao Jose dos Campos where it outlined for Brazilian businesses and universities a "broad spectrum of opportunities" available to them as part of Boeing's Super Hornet offering in the bid for the F-X2 fighter aircraft competition.

"Boeing will provide the Brazilian air force with the most advanced combat aircraft to meet its operational requirements, as well as a broad array of benefits to Brazilian industry," said Tom DeWald, Boeing Super Hornet campaign leader in Brazil.

"As the world's largest aerospace company, Boeing is well-positioned to deliver an industrial partnership program through robust technology transfer, research and development and competitive work placement opportunities with Boeing and our extended network of suppliers."

More than 100 representatives of companies, universities and industry associations joined government officials from Sao Jose dos Campos and the surrounding region at the Boeing Industry Day, which was hosted by Sao Jose dos Campos Technology Park.

"Today's forum supports our goals to foster technological innovation, revitalize local and regional economies, improve industrial competitiveness and create new jobs," said Jose de Mello Correa, Sao Jose dos Campos secretary of economic development and science and technology.

The lobbying for the contract has involved government and state leaders at the highest levels, with even the king of Sweden at one point considered as an intermediary.

The deal for an initial 30 of the projected 100 jets for the Brazilian air force inventory is worth more than $4 billion but no confirmed figures have emerged from Brasilia.

Aside from the price and relative efficiency of the competing aircraft, at issue is Brazil's insistence on extensive transfer of technology as part of its overall strategy to start manufacturing a jet fighter of its own.

That's a tough call for the bidders, as none of them find the prospect of the customer turning into an arch competitor in a lucrative area of defense industry, believed to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars in future sales. Air forces worldwide are considering phasing out jet fighters bought from the 1950s onward.

Brazil has emerged as a major competitor for European and North American manufacturers of executive jets and smaller passenger aircraft, mainly the result of an extensive research and development program pursued without significant foreign help.

Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim told reporters during a visit to France the government would consider the deal next year, but "the principal necessity is technology transfer."

Related Links
Aerospace News at SpaceMart.com

Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
Buy Advertising Editorial Enquiries

. Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Flight Options buys Embraer executive jets
Rio De Janeiro (UPI) Jul 18, 2011
Flight Options will buy Brazilian-made executive jets with $167 million loaned by a Brazilian bank. Flight Options, the second-largest fractional jet company in the United States, said it has entered into a 3-year, $167 million financing agreement with Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e Social to finance the company's purchase of Embraer Phenom 300 jet aircraft. The d ... read more

Chilean copper-molybdenum mine moves ahead

Apple profit rockets with hot iPad, iPhone sales

Earnings-outlook spry at 100-year-old IBM

U.S. watches helium stockpile dwindle

Raytheon BBN Technologies Awarded DoD Contract to Develop a Secure, Attributed Military Network System

Northrop Grumman's On-Demand Intelligence System Used for the First Time

Lockheed Martin Team Delivers Joint Tactical Radio to the U.S. Government for Integration into First Aircraft Platform

Celebrating 10 years of Artemis

NASA inks agreement with maker of Atlas V rocket

Russia launches 2 foreign satellites into orbit

ILS Proton Successfully Launches the SES-3 Satellite for SES

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle Launches GSAT-12 Satellite

Second Boeing GPS IIF Satellite Sends First Signals from Space

Boeing: 2nd Boeing GPS IIF Satellite Ready for Launch from Cape Canaveral

Apple makes first S. Korea payout over tracking

A new algorithm could help prevent midair collisions

Boeing casts net wider for Brazil jet deal

Flight Options buys Embraer executive jets

Aerospace plant opened in Romania

DLR examines the benefits of sectorless airspace

Soft Memory Device Opens Door To New Biocompatible Electronics

Expert help from a distance

NIST prototype optics table on a chip places microwave photon in 2 colors at once

Light propagation controlled in photonic chips marks major breakthrough in telecommunications field

Aura Satellite Measures Pollution Butterfly from Fires in Central Africa

Strong El Nino could bring increased sea levels, storm surges to US East Coast

Tsunami airglow signature could lead to early detection system

Underwater Antarctic Volcanoes

Mideast lung disease up with chemical wars

Hungary presents new homes to toxic spill families

Baghdad chlorine gas leak causes panic

Mongolia herder on mission to tackle mining firms

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2011 - Space Media Network. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement