The end appears to be nearing for Brazil’s FX-2 fighter competition.
During an interview with Brazilian television that aired a few weeks ago, (but which only now has been transcribed by the ministry), defense minister Nelson Jobim projects the process will wrap up late this month or in early April.
Technology transfer and price are among the big considerations in the competition Jobim highlighted during the discussion.
The battle pits the Boeing F/A-18E/F, the Dassault Rafale, and Saab Gripen against each other. How much of the competition is really left remains to be seen. Last year, Brazilian president Lula already came out and declared Rafale the winner, before the competitive assessment had run its course, only to have the military insist the process be allowed to play out. Bidders were given a bit more time afterward to improve their offers.
Jobim wouldn’t be drawn out during the interview on whether France still had the advantage, but the discussion of FX-2 did come in the context of Brazil’s decision to work with France on submarines and buy 50 EC725 transport helicopters.