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S E C R E T BRASILIA 000952 NOFORN SIPDIS STATE FOR D, P, T, AND WHA E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/31/2019 TAG MASS, PREL, BR SUBJECT: BRAZIL,S AIR FORCE COMMANDER ASKS FOR STATE ASSURANCES ON TECH
TRANSFER BY AUGUST 6 REF: BRASILIA 888 Classified By: DEPUTY CHIEF OF MISSION LISA KUBISKE, REASON 1.4
(b) and (d) ¶1. (S/NF) At a July 30 dinner for visiting SouthCom Commander
General Doug Fraser, Brazil,s Air Force (BRAF) commander, Brigadier
Juniti Saito (protect), pulled Ambassador Sobel and Political
Counselor aside to discuss the FX-2 Fighter purchase. He said that
there was no question from a technical point of view that the F18
was the superior aircraft. &We have been flying U.S. equipment
for decades,8 he said, ∧ we know that it is dependable and that
maintenance is simple and cost-effective through FMS.8 That has to
be factored into the cost of the new fighter, he said, as the
BRAF will likely be using the plane for thirty or forty years.
It is the best decision, he said, and the French can,t
complain as they just signed a USD 14 billion deal with Brazil
(for submarines and helicopters). ¶2. (S/NF) Saito stressed, however, that the question regarding
USG commitment to technology transfer remains &a significant
political barrier8 that is extremely important to overcome.
Saito asked whether the letter he had requested that assured
technology transfer (reftel) would be forthcoming. The Ambassador
assured him that we understood how important it was to overcome
this issue, and said he believed it was in the final stage of
approval. Relieved, Saito said he needed the letter in hand by
August 6. He said, however, that the decision would not be
announced until &after September 7.8 (Note: French President
Sarkozy will visit Brazil next month and attend national day
festivities on September 7 as part of the &Year of France in
Brazil8 activities. End note.) ¶3. (S/NF) Saito reiterated how important President Obama,s
discussion on the FX-2 sale with President Lula at Aquila had
been, saying, &It opened the door for me to approach the
Ambassador as I have.8 He said that President Lula had
instructed Defense Minister Jobim and Brigadeiro Saito to
meet with General Jones during his upcoming visit and requested
an office call by General Jones. ¶4. (S/NF) Comment: This was Saito,s clearest expression that
he plans to recommend the F18. Post is working to set up a meeting
between General Jones and Brigadier Saito on August 4. Post
further understands that Under Secretary Tauscher is prepared to
deliver the letter Saito requested to Defense Minister Jobim
and Foreign Minister Amorim during the visit, and believes this
will be seen as a significant sign of USG support for Boeing,s