March 24, 2014
Anthony Boadle – Reuters, 3/21/2014
The Brazilian Air Force will declare no-fly zones over World Cup stadiums to prevent terrorist attacks during this year’s soccer tournament, but there’s a catch: it can’t shoot down intruders, for now.
By law, Brazil’s military can only shoot at unresponsive civilian planes on drug trafficking routes near its borders, but not over densely populated urban areas where games will be played in 12 cities.
The Air Force is asking the Brazilian government to change the shoot-down law to allow effective defense of the air space during the 64 games of the June 12-July 13 global soccer tournament, said Air Force Brigadier Antonio Carlos Egito at a news conference on Friday.
January 24, 2014
Brian Winter – Reuters, 1/24/2014
Boeing Co (BA.N) says its failure to win a $4 billion-plus fighter jet deal in Brazil was a lost opportunity that will lead it to scale back planned investments in the country, although it still sees excellent opportunities in cargo, defense and biofuels.
The Chicago-based aerospace company was until last June the clear front runner to win a deal to supply at least 36 jets to the Brazilian Air Force — one of the world’s significant defense contracts.
“It’s a lost opportunity for the U.S.-Brazil relationship and for Boeing,” lamented Donna Hrinak, Boeing’s president in Brazil, in an interview with Reuters.
April 9, 2013
Piecemeal upgrades to Brazilian air force inventory are threatening to overshadow the Latin American country’s most important — and most delayed — plan to discard aging war jets and replace them with a brand-new inventory.
Brazilian military analysts say the defense establishment’s perceived priorities are not receiving the attention they deserve from President Dilma Rousseff’s administration.
Brazilian air force plans to upgrade its fighting capability have been stymied by delays over the acquisition of new fighter jets.
March 8, 2013
Reuters – Brian Winter & Anthony Boadle, 03/08/2013
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has again delayed choosing a provider for 36 new Air Force jets, meaning the country likely won’t have any next-generation fighters available for security when it hosts the World Cup soccer tournament next year.
The Air Force sent embassies representing the three companies that are finalists for the $4 billion-plus deal a letter this week requesting they renew their applications, which formally expire on March 30.
The request extends the tender period by up to another six months, the Air Force said in an statement emailed to Reuters on Friday. The finalists are Boeing Co.’s F/A-18 Super Hornet, Dassault Aviation SA’s Rafale, and Saab AB’s Gripen.
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.
August 14, 2012
BRASILIA, Brazil, Aug. 14 (UPI) — Brazil´s plans to secure its international borders with a $4 billion security cordon are drawing international manufacturers to the contest, where they’re up against home-grown rival Embraer.
The integrated frontier monitoring system SISFRON is the second major defense competition in Brazil. The first, for the purchase of multirole jet fighters for the Brazilian air force under an FX-2 program, is still being decided by President Dilma Rousseff.
Embraer indicated it will bid for the first phase of SISFRON, likely to be worth $400 million. The entire network for the SIStema Integrado de monitoramento de FRONteiras will involve security coverage of 11 Brazilian border states and international frontiers with 10 neighboring countries.
June 5, 2012
Fox News, 06/04/2012
A Brazilian air force cadet died when he was ejected from a training plane for unknown reasons when the aircraft was still on the ground, authorities said Monday.
The accident occurred at 7:05 a.m. (1005 GMT) near the head of the runway at the Air Force Academy in the city of Pirassununga, in Sao Paulo state, at the beginning of a training mission, according to a communique from the air force command.
Cadet Andre Rodrigues Silva, 22 years of age and with 100 hours of flight time, was preparing to carry out a training mission in the Tucano T-27 turboprop aircraft, a light fighter made by Brazil’s Embraer aircraft manufacturer.
August 15, 2011
CNN Wire Staff – CNN, 08/13/2011
The Brazilian Air Force on Friday dropped eight 500-pound bombs on a clandestine airstrip in the jungle near the Colombian and Venezuelan borders, part of wide military operation that goes beyond targeting drug traffickers.
Video of the scene, released by the air force, showed craters on the destroyed airstrip, which they say was used to move drugs.
The highly-publicized effort, dubbed Operation Agatha, is an effort against drug trafficking, illegal mining and logging, and trafficking of wild animals, the military said.
April 26, 2011
Mari Hayman – Latin American News Dispatch, 4/26/2011
A trove of 35,000 documents released by the Brazilian National Archives on April 13 show that the Brazilian Air Force monitored leftist groups and political parties, labor union members, and students for up to ten years after the country’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship.
Rubens Valente and João Carlos Magalhães, two reporters from the Folha de São Paulo, released an in-depth report on the findings on Thursday, April 14. The documents are part of a collection of 50,000 documents turned over to the National Archives by the Air Force in 2010 at the order of Air Force Commander Juniti Saito. According to O Globo, 15,000 of the documents cannot be made available due to privacy concerns.
Brazil’s CISA (Centro de Informações e Segurança da Aeronautica), the intelligence agency for the Brazilian Air Force during the military dictatorship, produced 1,324 documents during the administrations of former Brazilian presidents José Sarney (1985-1990), Fernando Collor (1990-1992) and Itamar Franco (1992-1994). Other Brazilian intelligence agencies operative during that period included the CIE (Centro de Informações do Exército), Cenimar (Centro de Informações da Marinha), and SNI (Serviço Nacional de Informações), affiliated with the Army, Navy, and executive branch, respectively. So far, the Air Force is the first and only branch of the Brazilian Armed Forces to release intelligence documents.
November 2, 2009
Patrícia Campos Mello-Estado de São Paulo, 11/02/09
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Mike Rollinger
The United States improves its proposal to sell 36 F-18 Boeing fighter jets to the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira). If the Brazilian government buys the 36 jets from Boeing, Embraer will automatically receive a contract to produce and assemble the wings for 58 Super Hornet jets destined to the United States Navy.
The American government argues that Boeing’s proposal is better than the two other bids because it already includes an additional contract—that of the 58 Navy planes. Meanwhile, the additional gains proposed by Sweden (Saab’s Gripen jets) and France (Dassault’s Rafale jets) depend on third party countries. “This is important, because France has had difficulties selling their fighter jets to other countries,” an American source told the Estado de São Paulo. However, for Boeing to be able to make the delivery deadlines 12 of the F-18 fighter jets would be assembled in the United States and the 24 remaining jets would be assembled in Brazil.
In relation to the transfer of technology, another major concern of the Brazilian government, the United States argues that Swedish and French jets contain American technology—the turbine engines of the Swedish jets and some of the parts of the French jets are produced in the United States. “They have sensitive technology that requires our approval in order to sell to Brazil,” said a source from the American government. “Both the French and the Swedes believe in the United States’ guarantee of the transfer of technology. They believe in it so much that they are willing to offer their jets to Brazil without the fear that the sale would be blocked by the United States.”
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Click here to read the interview Ellen Tauscher, the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security of the United States, gave to the Estado de São Paulo.