Russians don’t take ‘nyet’ for answer in Brazil

Perhaps not since master Iraqi propagandist Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf declared coalition forces defeated even as tanks encircled Baghdad has a certain loser expressed such optimism:

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.


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5 Responses to Russians don’t take ‘nyet’ for answer in Brazil

  1. Jason 2 October, 2009 at 6:01 pm #

    Didn’t Russia get the memeo, if Brazil buys Rafales the French gaurantee them OIC influence for the Olympics.

  2. Eldarado 5 October, 2009 at 9:50 am #

    >if Brazil buys Rafales the French gaurantee them OIC influence for the Olympics

    Legal bribe?

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  4. Warriors Cats 12 April, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    Poor Russia, they have fallen so hard and so far since their glory days.

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