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Dilma Rousseff takes bold move in brazilian security policy. White House satisfied but French government “dissapointed”.

The F-18 could be the new jet of the brazilian air force.

The president of Brazil decided to postpone the award of a purchase of military jets and want to start the whole process all over again. She wants to reassess the final offer, a move that could signal a realignment of strategic alliances in the country.

The freeze of the jets deal was a big surprise in Brazil,  because former President Lula  expressed several times his preference for the French Dassault’s offer to build at least 36 Rafale jets, generating speculation that the final announcement was a formality.

This gesture of rousseff is clearly a demonstration that the new President will take own decissions, away from Lula´s influence.

However, Lula left office on January 1st without making the final announcement nor resolving the issue, leaving the final decision to Dilma Rousseff.

Rousseff decided to restart the assessment process and has no clear favorite so far, said a senior government source.

This is her decision now ,  and she wants to carefully analyze all the details of the deal.

The other finalists to get the juicy contract, which would amount to at least 4,000 million dollars, is the Swedish firm Saab and its Gripen NG and the american F-18 of Boeing Co.

Last week, Rousseff personally asked a delegation of visiting U.S. senators to reinforce the american proposal with additional safeguards on technology transfer from the american Congress , in order  to improve the proposal of Boeing.

The business is central to Brazil’s efforts to increase its defense capability. A source in Paris told The Americas Post, that the brazilian decission was a dissapointment for France, but they will do their best to get the business done.

Political considerations have also weighed in Rousseff decission.  Brazil’s relationship with the United States deteriorated in the final years of Lula’s presidency, but Rousseff has shown clear signs of wanting to improve bilateral ties with the U.S.