The Commander of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), Lieutenant-Brigadier Carlos de Almeida Baptista Junior met on Thursday with representatives of Boeing and Saab to discuss technical details of the T-7A Red Hawk and P-8 Poseidon aircraft.
In a statement, the FAB explained that the meeting served to “complement information” about the two military aircraft projects. The T-7A, developed by Boeing in partnership with Saab, is an advanced training jet, used to prepare supersonic fighter pilots as a replacement for the T-38 Talon.
The P-8A Poseidon, in turn, was initially developed for the US Navy, and is offered as a replacement for the Lockheed P-3AM Orion long-range maritime patrol Brazilian Air Force.
Based on the Boeing 737-800NG airliner, the P-8 Poseidon is considered the most advanced maritime patrol aircraft in the world and has been awarded contracts in several parts of the world.
According to the Air Force Commander, it is an aircraft that “has proved to be a very important project and weapons system, especially for a country like ours with 8,500 km of coastline”.
Demonstration flight for the Air Force Commander
For Tim Flood, Boeing Regional Director in South America, the meeting with the FAB command can “start the construction of a future and prosperous development partnership for the Brazilian Air Force” with the objective of helping to guarantee the safety of the aircraft. Brazilian territory.
“The P-8 is an aircraft that can bring great benefits to Brazil, operating in several segments and being considered one of the best in the world”, he added.
The Brazilian Air Force has been prospecting the market in search of a new advanced training aircraft, a mission that currently belongs to the A-29 Super Tucano turboprop.
In April of this year, Brigadier Baptista Junior himself was in Italy to evaluate Leonardo’s M-346 Master jet. At the invitation of Boeing, Baptista Junior will also soon test the new Boeing-Saab jet and visit the facilities where the aircraft is assembled, in Saint Louis, United States.