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Russia offers PAKFA (T-50) to Brazil

Russia is offering Brazil joint development of PAKFA (T-50) if the Força Aérea Brasileira (Brazilian Air Force) chose the Su-35 for F-X2 competition. The proposal would help Brazil achieve aviation technology advancement and access to Russia’s stealth technology.

The F-X2 tender is Brazil’s second attempt to find a replacement for its ageing Northrop F-5 and Dassault Mirage 2000. Currently Swedish SAAB Gripen NG, American F/A -18 Super Hornet and French Dassault Rafale are shortlisted. An earlier competition, F-X, was cancelled in 2005 due to lack of funding. Sukhoi’s Su-35 is not on the shortlist and Russia hopes to change that by sweetening the deal with technology transfer with Su-PAKFA.

Russia is trying to get as much funding as possible by promising complete technology transfer to countries involved in the program. Russia and India are already developing a derivative of T-50 for the Indian Air Force called the Sukhoi/HAL FGFA.

A Russian delegation will visit Brazil and Peru on October 2013 to promote sales of Russian weaponry. Russia is hoping to sell the Su-35s, F-X2 tender for the purchase of 36 fighter jets worth $4 billion.

The T-50 or PAK-FA, which will be the main player in Russia’s future fighter fleet, it is a multirole fighter  featuring  stealth technology, super-manoeuvrability, super-cruise capability, and advanced avionics including an active electronically scanned array radar.

Do you think this strategy would work for the Russians? Would the deal cause concern for the Indians?

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About Larkins Dsouza

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  • tofas

    If they really decided to give their new stealth tec with SU-35, that means they are really desperate for money or that stealth tec is worthless…

    • Greg Melon

      The Brazilian lead is Dilma "Rousseff"and here we joke that she is "ruschef".The 5th Flote would have a little more didficult job if this deal really would happen.

      • Justin


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