FMS: Brazil Seeks 36 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets

Released on Thursday, August 6, 2009
AIM-9M Sidewinder
F/A-18E Super Hornet
F/A-18F Super Hornet
AMRAAM - Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile
ATFLIR - Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared
DSCA - Defense Security Cooperation Agency
FMS - Foreign Military Sale
JDAM - Joint Direct Attack Munition
JHMCS - Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems
JSOW - Joint Stand-Off Weapon
WASHINGTON, August 6, 2009 - Today the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notifiedCongress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Brazil of 28 F/A-18E Super HornetAircraft, eight F/A-18F Super Hornet Aircraft, 72 F414-GE-400 installed engines, a host of spare partsand munitions at an estimated value of $7.0 billion.

The Government of Brazil has requested proposals from several foreign suppliers, including theUnited 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 thatthe US Navy-Boeing proposal is selected, the United States might move as quickly as possible toimplement the sale. If the Government of Brazil selects the U.S. Navy-Boeing proposal, theGovernment of Brazil will request a possible sale of 28 F/A-18E Super Hornet Aircraft, eightF/A-18F Super Hornet Aircraft, 72 F414-GE-400 installed engines, four F414-GE-400 spareengines, 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 CueingSystems (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), 36AGM-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 36AN/ALQ-214 Radio Frequency Countermeasures. 40 AN/ALE-47 Electronic WarfareCountermeasures Systems, 112 AN/ALE-50 Towed Decoys, Joint Mission Planning System,support equipment, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, ferry andtanker support, flight test, software support, publications and technical documents, U.S.Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other relatedelements of logistics and program support.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United Statesby helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been, and continues to be, animportant 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 beaccrued primarily due to the larger number of aircraft and the larger range and endurance of theF/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 theregion. The principal contractors will be: The Boeing Company St. Louis, Mo. General Electric Aircraft Engines Lynn, Mass. Northrop 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 agreementsare undetermined and will be defined during negotiations between the purchaser and contractor. Implementation of this sale will require approximately eight contractor representatives to providetechnical and logistics support in Brazil for two years. U.S. Government and contractorrepresentatives will also participate in program management and technical reviews for one-weekintervals 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.

Source: Brazil - F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Aircraft

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