MOSCOW — Russia’s state arms export firm voiced optimism on Fridayabout winning a multi-billion-dollar Brazilian fighter jet tenderdespite rival bids from French, US and Swedish aerospace companies.
The article quotes Rosoboronexport spokesman Vyacheslav Davydenko doing his best “Baghdad Bob” impersonation: “We have good chances of winning the competition,” Davydenko says.
Did Rosoboronexport miss the memo? The Brazilian Air Force rejected the Sukhoi Su-35 during the first downselect in October — 2008! More recently, Brazil’s president has declared that the Dassault Rafale F3 enjoys a “comparative advantage” over the two remaining finalists in the competition — the Saab JAS-39 Gripen and Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.