Lockheed substitutes F-16s for F-35s in Brazilian offer

08/28/2008 | Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

When Brazil issued a request for information last month on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Lockheed Martin responded with details on a specially tailored F-16, suggesting that the JSF may be restricted to partner nations and close allies. The Brazilian air force has budgeted $2.2 billion for up to 36 aircraft to be delivered starting in 2015, but up to 120 fighters may eventually be needed to replace its aging fleet. Along with Lockheed's F-35, Brazil also issued RFIs for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, Saab Gripen and Sukhoi Su-35.

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