9/14/2009

Both the U.S. and Sweden are making last-minute appeals to win a Brazilian order for 36 fighter jets that seemed all but certain to go to France's Dassault. A Brazilian official says French President Nicolas Sarkozy promised "unrestricted access to technology" in the push to win orders for the Rafale jet. The U.S. Embassy quickly promised to transfer "all necessary technology" if Brazil chose the Boeing-built F/A-18, while Saab sought to assure Brazil it would have access to "key technology" required by the Gripen NG fighter. But the unnamed Brazilian official says the moves are "unlikely to change the situation because it's not clear what is 'necessary technology' when another competitor guarantees 'unrestricted technology.'"

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