December 17, 2013
Patricia Rey Mallén – International Business Times, 12/16/2013
France’s President François Hollande visited Brazil last week, and he was in for an unpleasant surprise. Brazil announced on Saturday that France isn’t getting the big contract that Hollande was pushing — a multibillion-dollar deal for new fighter jets.
Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo reported that the French are now out of a three-way race they once seemed poised to win. The decision comes as a surprise, since France’s Rafale fighter jets were former President Luiz Inácio de Lula’s favorite option to replace Brazil’s current fighter jet, the Mirage, also a French product. Nevertheless, since the offer was made in 2009, both governments have changed leaders and Brazil’s finances have hit the skids.
France’s $4 billion proposal for 36 Rafale fighter jets, made by a consortium led by Dassault Aviation SA (EPA:AM), was rejected for cost reasons. The government has not specified if it has decided on any of the other contestants, the F/A-18 Super Hornet from Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) and the Gripen made by Sweden’s Saab (STO:SAAB-B).
September 19, 2013
Simeon Tegel – Global Post, 09/19/2013
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s postponement of a state visit to the White House in protest at the United States spying on millions of Brazilians, including her own emails and phone calls, has implications beyond bilateral diplomacy.
What’s really at stake for Brazil and the US as tensions simmer between the Western Hemisphere’s two largest economies?
September 18, 2013
The Economist, 09/18/2013
FIRST came a report on September 1st that the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) had been monitoring the phone calls and e-mails of Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, and other senior officials. Then came evidence that the NSA appeared to be spying on Petrobras, Brazil’s national oil company. An angry Ms Rousseff demanded explanations, an apology and a guarantee that these “illegal practices” would cease, as a condition for going ahead with a long-planned state visit to Washington next month. Although the administration spoke of “legitimate concerns” raised by Brazil, more explicit contrition was apparently not forthcoming in a 20-minute phone call on September 16th. The two leaders announced the “postponement” of the visit.
But with no date rescheduled, that looked more like cancellation. Thus the first international result of a stream of revelations from Edward Snowden, a fugitive NSA contractor, about the agency’s industrial-scale snooping (relayed in this case via a Brazilian television programme), has been a further deterioration in the often-awkward relations between the two largest countries in the Americas.
Few in Brazil were surprised by Ms Rousseff’s decision. In the circumstances “being seen in an evening gown with President Obama” risked seeming “submissive and weak”, according to Oliver Stuenkel, an international-relations specialist at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation, a university. Two things magnified the risk: the possibility of further revelations concerning Brazil from Mr Snowden’s trove of documents, and a presidential election in a year’s time at which Ms Rousseff, who is less popular than she was, will seek a second term. Furthermore, Brazil had no big issues to negotiate during the visit and some in Latin America will applaud Ms Rousseff for standing up to the United States.
August 13, 2013
U.S. hopes of landing a coveted deal worth more than $4 billion to sell 36 fighter jets to Brazil have suffered a setback with recent revelations that the United States collected data on Brazilian Internet communications.
When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits down with Brazilian officials in Brasilia on Tuesday to prepare a state visit to the White House by President Dilma Rousseff, the sale of the warplanes will not be on the agenda, a Brazilian source said.
“We cannot talk about the fighters now … . You cannot give such a contract to a country that you do not trust,” a high-level Brazilian government official told Reuters on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
August 12, 2013
Nikolas Kozloff – Huffington Post, 08/12/2013
Is the U.S. ready to embrace the notion that Brazil has finally arrived on the world stage? Judging from the recent National Security Agency (N.S.A.) scandal, Washington is very skittish about the up and coming South American player. According to journalist Glen Greenwald, N.S.A. intercepts of Brazilian transmissions, including phone calls and internet communications, have been massive. Indeed, within the wider Americas region, N.S.A. snooping on the South American nation is second only to the U.S. in terms of overall scope. Writing in O Globo newspaper, Greenwald adds that the N.S.A. spied on the Brazilian Embassy in Washington and the South American nation’s mission at the United Nations in New York.
Needless to say, some Brazilian politicians are hardly amused by the revelations. During a recent hearing called by the Brazilian Senate’s Commission on Foreign Relations, officials peppered Greenwald, who resides in Brazil, about the N.S.A.’s capabilities. Specifically, politicians asked the journalist whether the spying agency was able to acquire Brazil’s commercial secrets and to capture communications of the country’s president and military. Confirming officials’ worst fears, Greenwald declared that indeed, Washington’s espionage was not solely aimed at preserving national security but also at collecting valuable commercial and industrial data from rivals.
Just why would the N.S.A. conduct industrial espionage on Brazil, a U.S. diplomatic partner? Greenwald promises to publish more articles which will illuminate the specific contours of such spying, and at this point it’s anyone’s guess what the further revelations will contain. It’s no secret, however, that behind all the bonhomie, Washington is wary of Brazil and particularly skittish about providing high-tech secrets to the South American juggernaut.
June 28, 2013
Juliana Ribeiro – Terra, 06/26/2013
The article features the partnership between Boeing, Embraer and FAPESP regarding the research on biofuels for aviation and the Flightpath to Aviation Biofuels: Action Plan launched on June 10 in Sao Paulo. “With this study, it was possible to identify the gaps, challenges and needs to enable the production of the aviation biofuels”, said Antonini-Puppin Macedo, Director of Research Collaborations of Boeing Research & Technology-Brazil.
Read in Portuguese…
June 17, 2013
Brazilian planemaker Embraer will launch on Monday a bigger and more efficient lineup of commercial jets entering service in 2018, pushing deeper into a segment that rival Bombardier has staked out with its new narrow-body CSeries.
Embraer SA plans to add three rows of seats to its biggest jet, the E-195, and one row to the E-175, a spokesman told Reuters. The second generation of E-Jets will drop the smallest model, the E-170.
The top-selling E-190 will be the first of the next generation delivered with upgraded avionics and geared turbofan engines from Pratt & Whitney. Details of the lineup are expected at a Paris Airshow press conference later on Monday.
April 12, 2013
Chicago Tribune/Reuters, 04/09/2013
Boeing Co. said on Tuesday it had chosen the cradle of Brazilian aviation as the site of its new research center in that country, tightening its relationship with local partners and a government mulling a multibillion-dollar jets deal.
The U.S. planemaker will establish the high-tech center in Sao Jose dos Campos, in the interior of Brazil’s Sao Paulo state, said Donna Hrinak, Boeing’s top executive in the country, at the LAAD defense show in Rio de Janeiro.
Boeing’s investment in local collaboration comes as Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff mulls a bid for a $4 billion-plus fighter jet contract also contested by France’s Dassault Aviation SA and Sweden’s Saab AB.
April 9, 2013
Chicago Tribune/Reuters, 04/09/2013
Boeing Co will set up a research center in the city of Sao Jose dos Campos, in the interior of Brazil’s Sao Paulo state, Donna Hrinak, Boeing’s top executive in the country, said on Tuesday.
Hrinak, speaking at the LAAD defense show in Rio de Janeiro, said it will be Boeing’s sixth research center outside of the United States.
Brazil is home to competitor Embraer, which specializes in smaller planes that are used by virtually every U.S. airline.
December 10, 2012
The Brazilian air force, awaiting the outcome of the selection process for purchasing 36 fighter jets, is leaning toward the F-18 Super Hornet of the US, which is competing against the French Rafale and the Swedish Gripen, Istoe magazine said.
The weekly magazine published a document it attributes to the commission in charge of analyzing the three aircraft, which concludes that the Boeing F-18 is best suited to air force requirements and notes several of its advantages in terms of price and benefits.
According to the document, the least costly of the three jets being tendered are the Gripen of the Swedish firm Saab, the entire fleet being offered for $4.3 billion.