Aviation Week , April 2:
http://www.expatica.com/fr/news/fren...al_218820.htmlBrazil close to decision on jet fighter deal
Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim said in remarks published Saturday that the country is in the "final chapters," of awarding a lucrative jet fighter deal and should decide within a few months...
..."We are entering the final chapters," Amorim told the magazine Istoe. "I have an expectation that the matter can be resolved in this semester (first half of the year)," he said.
A senior Brazilian government source said Monday that President Dilma Rousseff would decide which fighter jet to buy after a visit to Washington in April and the French presidential election in May.
Amorim has previously said June is a likely date for the announcement...
«Once a Tiger… Always a Tiger»
From:Fighter squadron (EC) 1/12 "Cambrésis" from Air Force Base 103 Cambrai-Epinoy was dissolved on 30 March 2012, during a very moving ceremony.
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So who would Army Chief blame?
Full article:A scrutiny of media reports since end-January will show how a sustained and sly campaign has been launched by defence and strategic 'experts', without drawing too much attention, against Dassault. The purpose is to force a rethink -- in the Government, no decision is ever final and there is many a slip between the proverbial cup and the lip. Hence, it's not too late to scuttle the Rafale deal.
But it's not media alone which participates in such crafty vilification at the prodding of those who have lost out on a big ticket contract. Our politicians are equally responsible.[...]
France Offers Transport Aid in Possible Mali Intervention
From:Regarding a potential sale of the Dassault Rafale fighter jet to India, Longuet said, “If the Indians are interested in the Rafale, that’s because, contrary to other clients, there is the idea they might have to use it one day.”
And on a possible Rafale deal with the United Arab Emirates, Longuet said, “It will happen one day. When? We don’t know.”
Dilma Rousseff visits US
From:[...]Also absent from talks, according to Rousseff, was Brazil's pending decision to revamp its aging fleet of fighter jets.
Boeing Co.'s Super Hornet is competing against Dassault Aviation SA's Rafale and Saab AB's Grippen for a contract to supply Brazil with 36 fighter jets that the State Department estimates could be worth as much as $4 billion.