Brazil Goes for Second Hand Mirage Fighter Jets

    Brazil is currently negotiating the purchase of twelve refurbished combat aircraft from France to replace the old Mirages that have been on service for over 30 years.

    Brazilian Vice President and Defense Secretary, José Alencar, said the operation involves US$ 60 million and should be finalized by the time President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva makes an official visit to France next July, reports daily Folha de S. Paulo.

    The Mirage 2000-C are still commissioned by the French Air Force and would eventually replace the 20 Mirage IIIEBr belonging to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, Força Aérea Brasileira).

    Brazil recently cancelled a plan to invest US$ 700 million in the purchase of 12 to 24 new fighter bombers, opting for refurbished units.



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