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UK Ambassador and FAB Commander talking about the A330 MRTT – AEROFLAP

Last Monday (28), the Commander of the Air Force, Air Carlos de Almeida Baptista Jr. received Lieutenant Brigadier, United Kingdom Ambassador Peter Wilson. The visit was attended by the United Kingdom Defense Attach, Captain Mark Alphonse of the British Royal Navy and Air Brigadier Palo Roberto de Carvalho Jr., Second Vice Commander of the Air Force.

Among the issues discussed during the trip, the two talked about FAB’s intention to purchase two refueling aircraft on an Airbus A330 MRDT (Multi Roll Tanker Transport) aircraft. According to the FAB, the purchase of aircraft is an initiative undertaken by the Brazilian government with the priority given by the Air Force Command, which is due to operational gaps of a strategic nature to be filled with this new capability to be incorporated by the FAB.

Ministry of Defense in May Approved the purchase of two used aircraft, Without the need for compensation agreements, two months after the Department of Economics He refused funding to buy the plane. At the end of January, the The president announced the broadcast on Facebook Acquisition of two “A230s” with funds recovered by Operation Lava-Jato.

Airbus A330 MRTT FAB
Art design of A330 MRTT in FAB colors.

During the meeting, the ambassador commented Global Air Leaders Conference 2021, it is not possible to hold a conference in person with the commanders and delegates of the World Air Force, but almost, on July 14 and 15, due to the Govt-19 epidemic. However, he stressed that the virtual meeting would be more appropriate for the context of cooperative relations between the air forces of the countries participating in the event.

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The representative of the United Kingdom handled the British initiative of “Integrated Criticism”, a proposal initiated by the British Government, aimed at significantly increasing investment in security and cooperation with friendly countries, including the Brazilian Air Force.

In this regard, the ambassador said that Brazil has a prominent place on the world stage and in this regard, the British government wants to cooperate in matters of security, security, development, foreign policy and space. Country.

Brazil Air Force Space Operations Center (COPE). Images. A. Soros / FAB.

In this context, the Commander of the Air Force, Lieutenant Brigadier Baptista Jr., invited the Ambassador to visit the Center for Space Operations (COPE), as well as the Department of Space Science and Technology (DCDA) and the Alcondara Launch Center (CLA).

The UK’s diplomatic representation in Brazil will further enhance the understanding of the Brazilian space program and, thus, strengthen the partnership with the FAB, which will be more beneficial and beneficial to both countries.

Via the Brazilian Air Force.