Photo Jonathan Blair

Friday, December 17, 2010

Defense policy as industrial policy (2)

After the nuclear submarines announced a while back, the Brazilian military is now acquiring 3 Super-Cougar helicopters from EADS' local subsidiary Helibras. The first three are being delivered now, with firm order for 42 more. Once again, Brazil gets the technology and, from 2012, the aircraft will all be built in Brazil.

Expect the forthcoming announcement for fighter aircraft to follow the same model: technology transfer, and local production.