Brazil has added the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to the list of aircraft under consideration for its relaunched new fighter procurement, called F-X2. The F-35 replaces Lockheed's F-16, which was in contention for the previous F-X BR program, shelved in 2003 and finally abandoned in 2006.
The Brazilian defense ministry has just issued requests for information on the F-35 and five other fighters: the Boeing F/A-18E/F, Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, Saab Gripen and Sukhoi Su-35. F-X2 is planned to replace the air force's Mirage 2000s, Northrop F-5Ms and Embraer/Alenia A-1Ms (AMXs) beginning in 2015. An order for 36 aircraft, costing around $2.2 billion, has been talked about.
F-X2 will replace F-5s and Mirage 2000s. (Photo: Brazilian air force)