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Goodbye 2nd Batch of GRIPEN? Brazil is negotiating the purchase of F-16 fighters and should make a decision by the end of the year

Written by Bruno Teles
Published 15/06/2024 às 13:40
Goodbye, 2nd Batch of GRIPEN? Brazil is negotiating the purchase of F-16 fighters and should make a decision by the end of the year
The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is negotiating with the United States government the possible purchase of 24 F-16 fighters. The decision must be made by the end of the year, raising doubts about the second batch of GRIPEN. Photo: CAVOK/Disclosure

The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is negotiating with the United States government the possible purchase of 24 F-16 fighters. The decision must be made by the end of the year, raising doubts about the second batch of GRIPEN.

Last year, the FAB commander mentioned the F-16 alongside GRIPEN in a presentation, suggesting that F-16 fighters could be an option for Brazil's air defense. However, this official confirmation only came now, generating discussions about the reasons behind this choice.

FAB is in negotiations with the United States to acquire 24 F-16 fighters, according to an FAB official cited by a North American magazine. Although conversations are still in their infancy, the FAB intends to decide by the end of 2024 whether it will go ahead with the purchase of F-16 fighters.

One of the reasons to consider F-16 fighters is the budget

The FAB faces financial constraints and may opt for second-hand jets from the United States instead of a new batch of GRIPEN fighters. Officially, the government and the FAB are talking about a second batch of 30 GRIPEN units, but the resources for this purchase are insufficient.

The F-16 fighters are a cheaper alternative to replace the aging F-5 and A1 AMX jets used for ground attack and reconnaissance. GRIPEN, being more modern, would be used mainly for air defense.

Argentina recently purchased 24 F-16 fighter jets from Denmark for 300 million dollars

Including spare parts, training and weapons. This is less than half the cost of new A-29 Super Tucano planes. Brazil should receive aircraft of the Block 30/32 and 40/42 versions, similar to those purchased by Argentina.

These F-16s are older and have less embedded technology, but still have interesting capabilities, such as integration with precision weapons. Furthermore, they share GE F110 engines, similar to those used in the GRIPEN, which reduces maintenance and logistics costs. The final decision on the purchase of F-16 fighters should be taken by the end of the year, and the discussion will certainly continue to generate a lot of repercussions.

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