Brazil urgently needs fighter jets – min

PARIS, (Reuters) – Brazil urgently needs to buy new  fighter jets and could set a 2012 deadline for completing the  purchase, Defence Minister Celso Amorim said yesterday.

“There is an urgent need (to renew the fleet),” Amorim told  reporters after meeting his French counterpart Gerard Longuet.

Asked if the deadline to buy planes in 2012 was still on the  cards, he said: “It is possible. I don’t dismiss it.”

France’s Dassault Aviation-built Rafale, the US  Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet and the Swedish Saab’s Gripen NG  have long been vying for the estimated $4-7 billion contract.

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