Brazil has formally terminated its six-year F-X BR effort to buy 12 new fighters, allowing it to consider new options such as the acquisition of used aircraft.

The projected $800 million F-X BR programme had attracted proposals for the Dassault Mirage 2000, Lockheed Martin F-16, Saab/BAE Systems JAS39 Gripen and Sukhoi Su-35, but had stalled for economic reasons since 2002.

The government is now considering acquiring used aircraft to replace the air force's Mirage fleet from December, including a Lockheed/ VEM offer of 18 ex-Dutch F-16A/Bs.

Source: Flight International