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Jobim says he will send the report about fighters to Lula next week
RIO DE JANEIRO (*******) - After repeated delays, the Defense Minister Nelson Jobim said on Tuesday it intends to submit next week to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva the technical report on the acquisition of fighter jets to fleet renewal Brazilian Air Force (FAB).
"I'm finishing this report. It's tricky. I hope to finish next week the phase of the explanatory memorandum to send to the president," Jobim told reporters after participating in a exchange of generals in the Eastern Military Command in Rio de Janeiro.
Jobim acknowledged that the process of choosing the fighters are late. "I've traveled a lot. It's true," added the minister, who believes that the procedure of choice for Lula will take place later in the first half-year.
Recently, Jobim said that the FAB opted for the French fighter jets after a technical analysis of the aircraft.
Asked about the choice on Tuesday, the minister evaded. "live life one day at a time" he said.
Switzerland : Some interesting infos in the Annual Report of the Air Force
From:An information report under the sign of TTE
[TTE = Tiger-Teilersatzes (Tiger partial replacement)]
The corps commander Markus Gygax, commandant of the Air Force, held its annual information report Thursday, April 29, 2010. Nearly 750 military participants and about 100 invited guests, media representatives and civilian Air Force employees gathered at the airbase of Emmen. They have heard presentations by Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer, of the National High Binder (SVP / ZH) and Air Force general officers.
The corps commander Markus Gygax had ,at that time, chose the motto: "Where are we come from? - Where are we? Where are we going? ". He noted that even in these times of "deep peace, arms spending increased continuously throughout the world and in Europe, 1727 combat aircraft were acquired in total since 1989. The established trend clearly demonstrates that quality is preferred over quantity. Most European countries comparable to ours have 60-70 aircraft in the class of the F/A-18. To perform tasks in such an environment and to ensure safety in the airspace over Switzerland, the corps commander Gygax made the following four objectives: maintain the Air Force as an organizational and homogeneous unit, dispose of number of staff in line with the tasks, reducing the number of interfaces and implement the partial replacement of the Tiger (TTE). "If you say yes to the military, you must also be ready to deliver from time to time a major investment project.This is important for Switzerland, a nation driven by a common political will to safeguard its sovereignty, "said the corps commander Gygax.
Ueli Maurer Federal Councillor, Head of Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (DDPS) noted: "The assessment of TTE showed that the amount of CHF 2.2 billion is not enough to acquire the desired number of 22 new fighter jets. "It was feared before and it's now proved true. The political debate will therefore be based around a possible special funding. Such funding could also be required for terrestrial systems such as tanks , because the regular budget of weapons is not enough to finance large projects. About the acquisition related to TTE, Federal Councillor Maurer made a clear objective: in 2020, the first new aircraft must fly in Switzerland.
The national adviser Max Binder, the president of the Parliamentary Group aviation and aerospace, is a strong supporter of TTE: "The replacement is necessary and must do so now. If necessary, I commit myself to a special funding. "Switzerland must have all the means to protect itself, its airspace. This is necessary if we want to remain a neutral, independent and sovereign. The National Advisor Max Binder has also spoken forcefully in favor of keeping Air Force Base of Dübendorf.
(click on "r a p p o r t d'information des Forces aériennes")
"The French Air Force Dassault Rafale pulls vapour on it's UK debut whilst practising for the RNAS Yeovilton Air Day.
The Aircraft was Rafale B 113-HQ123 and went on to win a duo of trophies after displaying at the Royal International Air Tatoo."
Jobim is a little more specific today.( no surprise expected about the final choice ...)
From:Defence Minister will deliver next week to Lula the name of the fighter to equip the FAB
Minister Nelson Jobim (Defence) said on Wednesday (5) in Sao Paulo that he has already chosen the fighter that will equip the FAB (Brazilian Air Force) and will deliver an invitation to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at the end of the next week. He is finishing writing the document on the bidding for the purchase of 36 combat aircrafts.
Fighters from three countries are in competition, estimated at $ 10 billion: the French Rafale from Dassault, the American F-18 Super Hornet, Boeing and the Swedish Gripen NG Saab.
"I am finishing to prepare an explanatory memorandum. I hit the president with the following: the Minister of Defence would not send three options for him to make a choice. The defense minister expresses an option and would give his reasons.
Jobim said the document will be ready between the end of this week and early next week, but said that the president should make the announcement when he came back from a trip to Russia and Iran at the end of next week.
He also said that once in possession of the document prepared by the ministry, Lula will refer it to consult the National Defence Council and only then make a decision.
Jobim said that the price of the fighters was not the most important criterion for choice:
- What is weighing are the interests of the country. In other words, Brazil does not need to buy anything at a bargain price. We do not want banana, we want something that gives consistency to Brazil.
The foreign minister, Celso Amorim, said last January that "sometimes the cheap comes out expensive", in reference to the Swedish model. Saab - Manufacturer of Gripen - already promised to provide two aircraft for a price equivalent to that of a Rafale, which is the favorite to win the race.
Herve Morin (french MOD), in a France-Soir interview:
You never miss an opportunity to be the "sales representative" of the French armament industry for export. What about the record of the purchase of the Rafale by Brazil and negotiations with the UAE and Switzerland?
We are confident. The Brazilians have announced a decision around May 15. The discussions are progressing constructively with the UAE. Switzerland, meanwhile, has completed its trials, and I do not doubt that the results are extremely favorable to the Rafale. I suggested to our Swiss friends to benefit from our air space , because theirs is limited , and offered them facilities on the Luxeuil airbase. We might even have a common maintenance on the aircrafts.
There is one thing that dosent add up how come brazil is getting only 36 fighters for 10 billion dollars where as India is getting 126-200 fighters for 12-15 billion dollars ?
And we don't know the real prices offered by Dassault and the others contenders in India or Brazil.
For the latter, some people are talking of 10 billions dollars but the last rumours in brazilian blogs indicate US$5,73 billions for 36 Rafales, including everything... Huge difference isn't it ?
http://defesabrasil.com/site/noticia...m-os-cacas.phpHow much for fighters ?
To opt for the French Rafale fighter, the government will pay about $ 159 million each. As they will be 36 airplanes, the invoice will be of US$ 5,73 billion
These are values of the package offered by France, which includes technology transfer, the price of jet, weapons and maintenance. According to information circulating in the Ministry of Defence, the price of Boeing, with no technology transfer is U.S. $ 5.40 billion.
These are only rumours ...
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( i just noticed we must now click on a picture to see it in full size)
I still have a question: Sarkozy will come with or without Carla ?
Decision on fighter comes to the end of this month
May 6, 2010 - Roberto Godoy - O Estado de S. Paulo
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will announce a formal decision in choosing the new high-tech Air Force F-X2 fighter until the end of the month. Minister of Defense Nelson Jobim, who had announced the 30-day period in April, renewed their vows yesterday in Sao Paulo, shortly before traveling to Ecuador, Russia and Iran. "Chances are good," he said.
Jobim also revealed that prices fell "significantly" in the final round of adjustment avalaible . The estimated value could reach about 6 billions [US$?] , funded until 2029 if using the same model adopted in the purchase of four Scorpene submarines and the hull of a nuclear model.
According to the minister, it must meet a certain liturgy in the process. "Three times in the decision: the consolidation of my explanatory memorandum to completion, sending the President, then, will convene the National Defense Council - the council is advisory and provide feedback - and only then the president will decide. This is the ritual. "
Glamour.The timing is also good for the timing of President Lula. Making a choice now, he'll stay with the glamorous and festive part of the process without paying the bill. The first disbursements, even the "downpayment" - anticipation of resources for primary operations - will be for 2011, with the new president.
Whatever the winner (the French Rafale, the Swedish Gripen or the American F-18 E / F) there will be an event for the signing of agreements between governments. Nicolas Sarkozy, France's president, said , it will come to the country if the rafale is selected.
The adjustment of the side agreements, which give efficacy to the initial order of 36 aircraft, will require at least eight months of discussions , maybe more than that.
Five presidents will pay the bill, estimated at about 6 billion, involving aircraft and access to technology.
According to a 2006 gov. document , France's goal would be to sell from 200 to 300 Rafale abroad by 2025/2030 to maintain its market share.
In case of success in Brazil and UAE, almost half of this goal would be already reached.
From:First test flight of Rafale fighter powered by upgraded M88-4E engine
Courcouronnes, May 4, 2010
The first test flight of a Rafale fighter powered by the Snecma (Safran group) M88-4E engine (formerly designated the “TCO Pack”, for total cost of ownership) took place on March 22 at the Istres air base in southern France.
Lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes, the flight was a total success, and was used to expand the flight envelope.
The complete test campaign for the M88-4E engine comprises some 70 flights in 2010, with different engine configurations. Ten test flights have been carried out to date.
“We are satisfied with the successful initial flights of the M88-4E, the third major engine upgrade, reflecting our continuing focus on research & development. The latest evolution of the engine enables us to better meet the expectations of our customer, by helping decrease the Rafale’s maintenance costs,” said Didier Desnoyer, Snecma’s Vice President Military Engines.
The development of the M88-4E is proceeding very satisfactorily. The first ground test of the engine was performed in September 2009. Development engines are now undergoing ground performance and endurance tests, and a series of altitude chamber tests was completed in late February. Qualification and delivery of the first production-standard M88-4E is now slated for the end of 2011.
In January 2008, French defense procurement agency DGA awarded Snecma the “TCO Pack” contract for the M88-2 engine. The aim of this contract was to extend the service life and time between inspections for several parts of the engine.
Modifications mainly concern the high-pressure compressor and turbine.
Designed for the Rafale multirole fighter, the M88 is the first member of a family of new-generation engines intended for 21st century combat and advanced training aircraft. The M88-2 now powers all air force and naval versions of the Rafale. It is particularly well suited to low-altitude penetration and high-altitude interception missions.
Source : SAFRAN
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