Brazil to Buy Dozens of Fighter Jets to Defend Amazon and Offshore Oil

    Brazilian Air Force jet

    Brazilian Air Force jet The Brazilian government launched the process to buy at least 36 fighter jets as part of a broader plan to modernize its Air Force and in keeping with neighbors like Venezuela, Chile and Peru, which are also in the process of overhauling their fleets.

    According to Brasí­lia sources, Brazil wants to buy and build equipment to defend offshore oil assets and the porous Amazon border threatened by armed drug-traffickers, smugglers and foreign guerrillas.

    In February, Colombia ordered 24 Kfir bomber jets from Israel, while Venezuela acquired Russian Sukhoi jets and last month revealed it is considering buying more. Chile bought new Boeing F-16s and Peru decided to upgrade its jets. Argentina has also announced plans to upgrade its air force.

    Upon taking office in January 2003, President Lula da Silva scrapped plans to replace aging Mirage jets, saying he would use the money to feed the poor.

    Now, the Air Force wants a multi-role fighter to replace its entire fleet of fighter jets over the next 15 years. That could increase the size of the order to more than 100 aircraft.

    Six manufacturers figure in the possible list of procurement from which he Brazilian Air Force requested information according to the service press department. They are Boeing's F-18 Super Hornet; Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II; Dassault's Rafale; Sukhoi's SU-35, Saab's Gripen and Eurofighter's Typhoon.

    Brazil is seeking a generous technology transfer package, possibly including local assembly, to help develop its own aviation industry and perform maintenance of the aircraft.

    Brazil has been leading an effort to create a South American Defense Council to help coordinate arms purchases. Though many of its neighbors have recently renewed their fleets, some manufactures still see Brazil as a possible regional defense hub.

    Mercopress

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    • Gerry Frederics

      S. America buying jets
      I live in South America and witness their social problems daily. This is a place in which the top 10 percent of the population of have everything and the rest are at best scraping by while having their very souls murdered by American sewer-culture. What in hell do they need fighter jets for? This is sheer insanity Ah ya, I forgot, they must counter the threat from Iran! LoLÀ‚´s! Gerry Frederics

    • Marcos from Brazil

      Communists rule all Latin America now.
      The use of an American invasion threat is an old formula from the Left and the communists from PT (Workers Party), the ruling party in Brazil. Nobody believes in this nonsense, except the Communists behind the propaganda. On the contrary, the Leftists are practically giving away the Amazon to the United Nations and the NGOs. They are the worse traitors of Brazil.
      PT also has an alliance with the other Leftist countries in South America, including the FARC terrorist group, thru the Forum de Sao Paulo organization. So, there is no sense in thinking that anyone believes their partners are a threat. They are together in the Communist take over of the continent.
      The plan to buy the planes must be ann appeasement to parts of the Military who still believe in sovereignity. But notice that this is all talk, nothing has been done yet.

    • Nythamar de Oliveira

      Should Brazil buy US planes? YES, I do think so, despite all the counterintuitive schmack suspicions…
      Should Brazil buy US planes? This question has been raised again, following Lula’s meeting with Chavez, Uribe & Co. re the Colombia plan. In my understanding of Brazilian interests and geopolitics, I think YES, we should get the planes package from the US, and not from France, Russia or others. Of course, this is very complex decision but it’s important to think of all variables involved, not only for defense and technology pursposes, but also for the consolidation of more transparent, efficient democratic institutions. Despite all the counterintuitive reservation and all schmack suspicions, yes, I think Brazil should dare to become a closer US partner.

    • Shelly1F

      Bo
      Here maybe Brazilians will be more paranoid that the Brazilian NAVY is actually training alongside American Navy. I guess news like these don’t get published for a reason. In Brazil, as you know, the press likes sensationalist news, if Brazilians were so nationalistic and so concerned about each other’s well being, then Brazil would be a better place to live.

      http://www.mercopress.com/vernoticia.do?id=13330&formato=HTML

      [quote]”US nuke carrier in S. Atlantic exercises with Argentine Navy

      The huge nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington has reached Argentine waters ready to begin annual naval exercises with its Argentine counterpart in the South Atlantic

      The 2008 edition, named Gaucho-Gringo is described by the Buenos Aires media as an excellent opportunity for the Argentine navy Super Etandards to operate from a carrier since the country no longer has the 25 de Mayo and is limited to joint practices with the Brazilian navy carrier Sao Paulo.

      This is the third time in 20 years that the US Navy participates with nuclear carriers, (Kitty Hawk and Ronald Reagan) in exercises with South American navies.

      This yearˢ۪s Unitas exercise edition begun in Brazilian waters, with the participation of Brazilian, US and Argentine vessels and now continues with Argentina playing the leading role.

      In Buenos Aires the fact naval exercises are taking place is seen as a significant improvement in military relations with the US, which foundered when Washington insisted on the President Nestor Kirchner administration that Argentina should support and approve special congressional immunity for US troops.”[/quote]

      1) The Amazon is internationalized because BRAZIL allowed it to happen, meaning that economic interests are above the individual and biodiversity.

    • AUGUSTUS

      VIEWS ON COMMENTS BY CH.C CRITICIZING BRAZIL
      🙁 😉 THE OFFENSIVE COMMENTS MADE BY THIS CH.C IN VARIOUS FORUMS JUST DEMONSTRATE THAT HE IS THE MAIN IDIOT HERE
      YET, I MUST AGREE WITH THE “IDIOT” IN ONE THING, BRAZILIANS ARE POSSIBLY ALSO IDIOTS, BUT NOT FOR THE REASONS MENTIONED. BRAZILIANS TEND TO BE TOO NICE TO EVERY ONE… BEHAVING INDEED LIKE NAIVE CHILDREN…. THEY SHOULD HAVE ALREADY AREMED THEMSELVES TO THEIR TEETH AND BE READY AGAINST THE PRETENTIONS OF VIRULENT MARXISTS IN VENEZUELA AS WELL AS ITS PUPPETS IN ECUADOR, BOLIVIA AND CUBA (PROBABLY ONE OF THE COUTRIES OF ORIGIN OF CH.C). IT WOULD BE SILLY TO TRY TO CREATE A DEFENSE AGAINST THE USA. NOT ONLY BECAUSE THERE WOULD BE NO DEFENSE AGAINST SUCH GREATER POWER, BUT MAINLY BECAUSE THERE WOULD BE NO REASON… THE USA HAS “MUCH BIGGER FISH TO FRY” AND MUCH MORE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT THE MINOR AFFAIRS OF SOUTH AMERICA. 8) 😉

    • Darth Vader

      Da!
      Da! Amerikuns are bad people! Lets get ’em!
      Let us invade them and destroy them!
      Victory is mine, I mean ours, oh, ok, I just want what America has

    • João da Silva

      Marcus from Brazil
      [quote]Communists rule all Latin America now.[/quote]

      You have a point there, Marcus. Thanks for reinforcing my line of thoughts. It is fashionable and politically correct to be a lefty these days!

    • bell

      war and rumors of war

    • dlong

      Brazilians should be worried about the Puerto Ricans. They have developed several highly trained Commando Special Forces led by Gringo Rangers using domesticated Chupacabra. These units are capable of flying into villages deep in the jungle without any support from the Air Force. They have been trained to steal the highest value Brazilian Samba and Cha Cha music and rerecord it on Gringo labels thereby destroying the Brazilian economy. Fighter jets will not deter these highly trained units only Black Magic and the use of dead and rancid chickens will stop these Chupacabra Commandos. 😉

    • Michel Tr

      USA loosing influence in South America.
      The US has lost grip on South America because of the lengthy war in Irak and Afghanistan. So it is using the old divide and conquer strategy by training and financing guerrillas on the continent and weaken the Powers in place. Columbia did shoot missile(s) on a guerrilla camp not long ago, so Brazil wants to do the same and fighters with a good missile system do a fairly good job in no time. If they want to harmonize their air force with the other players, they will go for Sukhoi which is much more flexible on knowledge sharing and assembly plant location. They already do it with many countries around the world.
      Brazil does not fear an open US invasion but Venezuela does and that’s why the union for a South American defense force pushed by the populists.

    • Dr. Angelito

      What a waste of money…
      Why not use that money to build a Robotic Wageless Economy ?

    • João da Silva

      Jon
      [quote]We want to plant Maple trees in tha Amazon to have a Brazilian line of maple sryup[/quote]

      Ah, maple trees in the tropical hell?. Never heard of it.Probably you guys intend utilizing Swiss technology?

    • jon

      That is right Joao,

      We want to plant Maple trees in tha Amazon to have a Brazilian line of maple sryup 😉

    • João da Silva

      [quote]Brazil strongly believe that the USA will invade it !!!!! [/quote]

      Wrong. IMHO, the Canucks are the biggest threat to our sovereignty. We have all the evidence to prove it.

    • ch.c.

      Dead right Forrest !
      Fighter jets have no value to fight drug traffickers or foreign guerillas.
      But if you refer to many previous articles of the Amazon, Brazil strongly believe that the USA will invade it !!!!!

      Quite funny but so it is.

      Brazilians are simply paranoÀƒ¯acs….on top of being idiots !

    • Forrest Allen Brown

      need to think that one out a bit
      how many runways does brasil have that will handle the planes ,
      how long will it take to train the repair men and polits

      how much money will it be over the next 20 years .

      and why no jump jest for jungle fighting or the old sandies from the 80 are a prop fob but grate for jungle fighting
      along with the A 10 all of thies can work on limited runways

      how many poor will loose there food money to buy arms

    • ch.c.

      Brazil is seeking a generous technology transfer package, possibly including local assembly, to help develop its own aviation industry
      nut….but….but……in many other articles and comments we could read how advanced your Embraer planes were !!!!

      strange that now Embraer is not even on the list of possible suplliers.

      Furthermore it is quite funny to read that Brazil has been leading an effort to create a South American Defense Council to help coordinate arms purchases….while the next words state……Though many of its neighbors have recently renewed their fleets !

      In other words you CANNOT lead when you are lagging….by definition !
      But coming from a pretentious Brazil……this is normal !
      This is called the Braziiian Inferiority Complexion.

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