And The Winner Is: Rafale.

by Daniel Russ on September 9, 2009

Dassault Rafale F2 Strike Optimized Version In Afghanistan

Dassault Rafale F2 Strike Optimized Version In Afghanistan

Brazil will buy 36 Dassault Rafale strike fighters, giving France the first export order for its aircraft after years of trying.

The deal cements a growing defense industrial strategic relationship between Brazil and France. Brazil is already buying 50 EC-725 transport helicopters and will develop, with French help, nuclear submarines.

Now, as part of the F-X2 deal, France has offered to help Brazil develop the KC-390 military airlifter. It may also buy 10 of the Embraer aircraft, which is still only a paper design and will not be fielded until around 2015. The KC-390 has 19 metric tons of payload.

The French win is a setback for Saab’s Gripen and Boeing’s F/A-18E/F, who were also in the running.

Source: Aviation Week

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