During a speech before military officers at Brazil’s Superior War College in Rio de Janeiro, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta committed himself to exerting every effort to facilitate the technology transfer to the giant South American nation
RIO DE JANEIRO ”“ The United States is ready to transfer military technology to Brazil to be able to count the South American country as a strategic ally, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Wednesday.
Panetta, in a speech before military officers at Brazil’s Superior War College in Rio de Janeiro, committed himself to exerting every effort to facilitate the technology transfer to the giant South American nation.
The announcement was a response to the demand made on Tuesday by Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim, who, at a joint press conference with the Pentagon chief, complained that the United States sells military equipment to Brazil but restricts access to the technology that accompanies it.
Panetta, on a South American tour that began in Colombia and will end in Chile, said that ”“ despite the restrictions ”“ the United States between 2010 and 2011 approved about 4,000 export licenses for controlled equipment.
The United States and Brazil have to increase the trade of high technology ”œflowing in both directions between our two countries,” the U.S. defense secretary said.
Panetta specifically mentioned the case of the 36 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets that Washington wants Brazil to buy from Boeing.