France says Brazil says France wins fighter deal — er, maybe

rafale_brazil2.jpgBrazil may or may not award a fighter contract next year, but, if it does, the Dassault Rafale would win.

That is basically what the French press is reporting that Dilma Rousseff, president of Brazil, privately told Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France, on the sidelines of the United Nations meetings in New York on 22 September.

Of course, we recall that Rousseff’s predecessor, Lula da Silva, once made similar assurances to Sarkozy, but was forced to backtrack after his minister of defence threatened to quit.

The French reports do nothing to assure the Rafale’s long-suffering competitors in the F-X2 competition — Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the Saab Gripen.



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2 Responses to France says Brazil says France wins fighter deal — er, maybe

  1. Rapier 23 September, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Meu querido presidente ….. eu adoraria comprar o avião ….. mas não posso ….. por agora …..

    My dear President ….. I would love to buy the plane ….. but I cannot ….. for now …..

  2. Sprucemoose 26 September, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Mmmm, looks good in a camo scheme!

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