Boeing Proposes Partnership with Embraer on Super Hornet

Boeing Company is seeking a partnership with Brazilian planemaker Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica SA to strengthen its bid to make 36 fighter jets for the country’s airforce, Valor Economico recently reported.

F/A-18E Super Hornet flying at sunset

Boeing has offered to partner with Embraer on 10 projects, including construction of a plant in Brazil, which would supply parts for the U.S. plane maker’s F-18 Super Hornets. The factory would probably be in Sao Jose dos Campos, where Embraer is based, Valor said.

Boeing also wants to join up with Embraer to make KC-390 cargo planes.

Boeing hasn’t been in contact with Brazil’s airforce since January and the government still hasn’t decided which aircraft it will buy, according to the report, citing Joseph T. McAndrew, Boeing’s vice president for Europe, Israel and America.

Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a twin-engine 4.5 generatio carrier-based multirole fighter aircraft. It has an internal 20 mm gun and can carry air-to-air missiles and air-to-surface weapons. Additional fuel can be carried with up to five external fuel tanks and the aircraft can be configured as an airborne tanker by adding an external air refueling system.

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