Douglas Barrie writes, over on the Le Bourget Blog:
A week before the melee at Paris is due to kick-off, the three remaining contenders – including France’s Dassault – were, notionally at least, meant to submit best and final offers in Brazil’s ongoing fighter competition.
June 8 was the BAFO date for Boeing, Dassault and Gripen International, the three contenders down-selected from the original pool. Boeing is proposing the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Dassault the Rafale, with the Swedes offering the Gripen NG.
Whether this does indeed turn out to be the last submission by the three remaining contenders will be one point of conjecture when it comes to stand and chalet chatter. Brazil has been trying to buy a fighter – on and off – over the course of the previous decade. No manufacturer – however – has yet clinched a deal, as politics and funding issues have stymied previous efforts.
The competition is being given an added frisson by suggestions that some manufacturers could fall by the wayside in the export market in the next three-to-five years, if sales are not secured.
Picture Credit Boeing