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DSCA informa posible venta de F/A-18 Super Hornets a Brasil

August 10, 2009

El F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet (Photo credit: Boeing Photo)

El F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet (Photo credit: Boeing Photo)

La Agencia de Cooperación de Defensa y Seguridad (DSCA), ha notificado al Congreso de los Estados Unidos sobre la posible venta a Brasil de 28 F/A-18 E y 8 F/A-18F Super Hornets, sus correspondientes motores, más repuestos y un número importante de armas, por un monto aproximado de 7000 millones de dólares, que formarían parte de la oferta de Boeing para el programa F-X2. La DSCA es el organismo del Departamento de Defensa de los Estados Unidos encargado de los programas de ventas militares al extranjero (FMS).

La notificación aclara específicamente que ésta es en respuesta una posible selección de Boeing como empresa ganadora de la competición por el F-X2 y no es un pedido de compra, ya que el gobierno brasileño aun no ha realizado ningún pedido. Si finalmente la propuesta del Boeing F/A-18 es seleccionada, esta notificación previa permitiría realizar la venta lo mas rapido posible.

Mas allá que la cantidad de aviones era conocida, la nota aclara varios puntos novedosos que serían parte de la propuesta.  Estos son, entre otros, la activa participación de la US Navy en el proyecto (la propuesta es mencionada como US Navy-Boeing), la relación de monoplazas y biplazas, los sistemas de armas incluidos (la cantidad de diferentes opciones de armamento ya integrado al Super Hornet es una de las mas claras ventajas que esta oferta tiene con respecto al Rafale y al Gripen NG) y el paquete de repuestos y entrenamiento.

A continuación se reproduce un la nota mencionada:

WASHINGTON, August 6, 2009 – Today the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Brazil of 28 F/A-18E Super Hornet Aircraft, eight F/A-18F Super Hornet Aircraft, 72 F414-GE-400 installed engines, a host of spare parts and munitions at an estimated value of $7.0 billion.

The Government of Brazil has requested proposals from several foreign suppliers, including the United States, to provide the next generation fighter for the Brazilian Air Force. In this “FX-2” competition, the Government of Brazil has yet to select the United States Navy-Boeing proposal. This notification is being made in advance of receipt of a letter of request so that, in the event that the US Navy-Boeing proposal is selected, the United States might move as quickly as possible to implement the sale. If the Government of Brazil selects the U.S. Navy-Boeing proposal, the Government of Brazil will request a possible sale of 28 F/A-18E Super Hornet Aircraft, eight F/A-18F Super Hornet Aircraft, 72 F414-GE-400 installed engines, four F414-GE-400 spare engines, 36 AN/APG-79 Radar Systems, 36 M61A2 20mm Gun Systems, 36 AN/ALR-67(V) three Radar Warning Receivers, 144 LAU-127 Launchers, 44 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS), 28 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM), 28 AIM-9M SIDEWINDER Missiles, 60 GBU-31/32 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM), 36 AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapons (JSOW), 10 AGM-88B HARM Missiles, and 36 AN/ASQ-228 (V2) Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) Pods. Also included are 36 AN/ALQ-214 Radio Frequency Countermeasures. 40 AN/ALE-47 Electronic Warfare Countermeasures Systems, 112 AN/ALE-50 Towed Decoys, Joint Mission Planning System, support equipment, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, ferry and tanker support, flight test, software support, publications and technical documents, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in South America.

Brazil needs these aircraft to meet current and future threats. The proposed sale of F/A-18E/F aircraft will enhance Brazil’s tactical aviation capabilities. An increase in capability will be accrued primarily due to the larger number of aircraft and the larger range and endurance of the F/A-18E/F. Brazil will have no difficulty absorbing these aircraft into its aircraft inventory.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractors will be:

The Boeing Company St. Louis, Mo.

General Electric Aircraft Engines Lynn, Mass.

Northrup Grumman Corporation El Segundo, Calif.

Raytheon Corporation El Segundo, Calif.

Lockheed Martin Bethesda, Md.

Offsets agreements associated with this proposed sale are expected; however, specific agreements are undetermined and will be defined during negotiations between the purchaser and contractor.

Implementation of this sale will require approximately eight contractor representatives to provide technical and logistics support in Brazil for two years. U.S. Government and contractor representatives will also participate in program management and technical reviews for one-week intervals twice semi-annually.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

Fuente: Defense Securitiy Cooperation Agency

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