* Boeing bids $7 bln worth of F-18s in Brazil competition
* Brazil to choose winner in August or September
WASHINGTON, Aug 7 (Reuters) - The Pentagon has proposed a fleet of Boeing-made (BA.N) F-18 Super Hornets, valued at about $7 billion, in the Brazil Air Force’s competition to choose a next generation fighter plane, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on Friday.
The Pentagon agency said it notified Congress of a possible military sale to Brazil for 28 F-18E Super Hornets, eight F-18F Super Hornets, 72 installed engines made by General Electric (GE.N) and spare parts.
Final bids were submitted in June to Brazil’s defense ministry by other plane makers such as Sweden’s Saab (SAABb.ST) and France’s Dassault Aviation (AVMD.PA). A final decision is expected in August or September.
Under U.S. law, the Pentagon must notify Congress of potential government-to-government arms sales, but the notification does not mean a sale has been concluded.
“The government of Brazil has yet to select the U.S. Navy-Boeing proposal,” the agency said in a statement. “This notification is being made in advance of receipt of a letter of request so that, in the event that the U.S. Navy-Boeing proposal is selected, the United States might move as quickly as possible to implement the sale.”
Brazil’s air force wants to replace its fleet over the next 15 years as the government beefs up its defense infrastructure to protect offshore oil production and other strategic assets. Some experts have said Brazil’s aircraft order could eventually increase to more than 100 planes.
The Pentagon agency said U.S. Navy-Boeing’s $7 billion bid also included:
* 36 AN/APG-79 Radar Systems
* 36 M61A2 20mm Gun Systems
* 36 AN/ALR-67(V) three Radar Warning Receivers
* 144 LAU-127 Launchers
* 44 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems
* 28 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles
* 28 AIM-9M Sidewinder Missiles
* 60 GBU-31/32 Joint Direct Attack Munitions
* 36 AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapons
* 10 AGM-88B HARM Missiles
* 36 AN/ASQ-228 (V2) Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared Pods
* 36 AN/ALQ-214 Radio Frequency Countermeasures
* 40 AN/ALE-47 Electronic Warfare Countermeasures Systems
* 112 AN/ALE-50 Towed Decoys (Reporting by Julie Vorman; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)