EADS Casa fends off Let L-410 and PZL-Mielec M-28 to win $325 million air force deal

The Brazilian air force has chosen EADS Casa's C-212-400 - over the Let L-410 and PZL-Mielec M-28 Skytruck - to meet its light tactical transport requirement, the company confirmed last week.

The service is expected to sign a contract with the Spanish manufacturer in early September, say Latin American sources. This is likely to cover the delivery of up to 50 aircraft between 2007 and 2015 to replace its Embraer C-95 Bandeirante transports and special mission aircraft.

The deal has an estimated initial value of $325 million, although EADS Casa declines to comment on airframe numbers or price.


Brazil is expected to sign for a further 30 EADS Casa C-212-400s in 2010-11

Mirage 2000s arrive 

The Brazilian air force's first two ex-French air force Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters are scheduled to arrive at its Anápolis airbase in early September, following the completion of acceptance inspections. The Mirage 2000C and two-seat 2000B will be accompanied on their ferry flight by a Brazilian air force Boeing KC-137 tanker-transport. A further two fighters are expected to be delivered in October, with the remaining eight to arrive in Brazil by 2008.

One of the key features of the deal will be the establishment of a C-212 assembly line at the Brazilian air force's Campo de Marte, São Paulo-based air maintenance centre. The first eight transports will be assembled at the site using components provided by EADS Casa, but the goal is to eventually tap Brazil's aerospace industry to manufacture 40% of the C-212's subassemblies and dynamic components by the final batch of 10 aircraft.

Personnel training and tooling transfer is scheduled to take place later this year, with assembly line work to start in the first quarter of 2007. Four aircraft should be delivered next year, with production to later reach six or seven a year.

The Brazilian air force is expected to sign a follow-on order in 2010-11 for a further 30 aircraft, and local production of the C-212-400 could eventually exceed 100 as EADS Casa and the Brazilian government will also market the aircraft to regional carriers and civilian operators.


Source: Flight International