Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .




AEROSPACE
France slims jets price in Brazil bid
by Staff Writers
Brasilia, Brazil (UPI) Feb 5, 2009


Aerospace chief calls for clarity on new transport plane
Munich, Germany (AFP) Feb 6, 2010 - The head of EADS on Saturday called for seven countries that have ordered the Airbus A400M military plane to provide "a clear idea" on the future of the troubled project "by the end of next week." "We need to have a clear idea, not detailed but clear, on what is happening on the A400M by the end of next week," Louis Gallois, of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, told reporters on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in Germany. European countries badly need the new transport aircraft, under development at EADS unit Airbus, but the project is three years behind schedule and a reported 11 billion euros (15 billion dollars) over budget. EADS has threatened to pull the plug unless the seven NATO countries that have ordered 180 of the aircraft for 20 billion euros stump up more cash, saying that the European aerospace sector is at stake. With the seven countries -- Germany, France, Spain, Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg and Turkey -- holding a series of crisis meetings, French Defence Minister Herve Morin set Thursday a deadline of February 28 to strike a deal. He also said that he hoped an agreement could be found at the next meeting of European Union defence ministers at the end of February in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Morin said in Turkey that France has urged its partners to stump up an extra 1.5 billion euros on top of two billion euros already envisaged by the seven countries, still short of the 6.4 billion euros that EADS is seeking.

Brazil looks set to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets from France after its maker, Dassault, moved to skim $2 billion off the price.

The newspaper Folha de S. Paolo reported that the deal was now down to $10.2 billion -- including $6.2 billion for the jets themselves and $4 billion for maintenance and repairs provided for the next decade.

News of the price cut surfaced following a brief stop-over that Defense Minister Nelson Jobim paid to Paris while en route to Israel. There was no immediate confirmation of the Folha de S. Paolo report and a Dassault spokesman in Paris said the company was still waiting for the Brazilian government to make its choice.

Since the tender was called, Rafale -- competing against Boeing's F-28 and Saab's Gripen NG -- has been seen as the most likely choice of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The process has since them been held up pending delivery of the Brazilian government of an air force technical assessment of the three contenders.

Despite the purported price cut, the Rafale remains the most expensive bid among the competing aerospace companies. The Boeing package is valued at $7.6 billion and the Saab offer at $6 billion, Folha da S. Paolo reported.

On Thursday, however, Brazil's government denied the newspaper report, saying that the country's president "still has not decided on the selection process."

Jobim also billed the report "unfounded," adding that the purchase had not been concluded.

France has pledged to transfer all technology related to the supersonic Rafale so that Brazil, bent on becoming the lead military power in South America, could assemble most of the jets itself and sell them regionally.

By some accounts, the contract for the initial 36 planes could rise to more than 120.

Brazil has already signed a deal with the French for the construction of five submarines in Brazil. The deal also includes building a nuclear-powered vessel.

What's more, the multibillion-dollar deal would help offset the downturn at Dassault's jet division.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, also, has a lot of personal prestige knotted into the deal.

In September 2009, Sarkozy and his Brazilian counterpart looked locked in a deal, issuing a joint statement that negotiations for the purchase had begun when the tender process had not been concluded.

Lula's preference for the Rafale has been evident from the start but under pressure from the military establishment the government kept the competition open.

The final decision though, rests with Lula, who has said that the pick will be determined by "political and strategic" considerations, not just the price tag.

.


Related Links
Aerospace News at SpaceMart.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





AEROSPACE
90 presumed dead as Ethiopian plane crashes off Lebanon
Beirut (AFP) Jan 25, 2010
Rescuers found bodies but no survivors on Monday in a massive search operation launched after an Ethiopian airliner with 90 people on board plunged flaming into the sea off Lebanon. Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 lost contact with Beirut airport shortly after takeoff at 02:37 am (0037 GMT) and crashed into the Mediterranean 2.5 nautical miles off the coastal town of Naameh, south of the airpo ... read more


AEROSPACE
Moon Exploration is Not Dead

Seed Bank For The Moon

Obama to propose abandoning US return to Moon: report

NASA Adds Israeli Technical Expertise To Lunar Science Research

AEROSPACE
Craters Young And Old In Sirenum Fossae

Spirit Prepares for Winter

A Stationary Spirit

Spirit Bogged In Sand: Now A Stationary Research Platform

AEROSPACE
Orbital Sciences Happy While Lockheed Is Sad

Dragon Spacecraft Completes Cargo Loading Milestone

CSF Comments On NASA Commercial Crew Program And Budget Increase

Obama trims US space ambitions

AEROSPACE
UK's First China Space Race Exhibition Launched

No Spacewalk From Tiangong-1

China's Mystery Spacelab

China launches orbiter for navigation system: state media

AEROSPACE
Russian cargo ship docks with ISS

Russia Sends Space Freighter To ISS

NASA Provides Inside Look At ISS With Streaming Video

Endeavour to bring high-tech 'sunroom' to ISS

AEROSPACE
Arianespace Wins ESA Contract

SpaceX And Spacecom Sign Contract

Arianespace To Launch The First Ten Galileo Satellites

Activities At Esrange Space Center 2010

AEROSPACE
New Technique For Detecting Earth-Like Planets

New technique helps search for another Earth

NASA's Rosetta "Alice" Spectrometer Reveals Earth's UV Fingerprint

Make A Play Date With Planet Explorers At The Adler

AEROSPACE
US book publishers smiling again as Kindle rivals emerge

Apple iPad to ignite tablet computer market: ABI

Google tailoring tablet computer software

New Simulation Tool Could Shorten Manufacturing Design Process




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement