The US Department of Defense has announced details of a possible sale of 26 Boeing-built Super Hornet aircraft and associated engines, spare and munitions in a deal estimated to be worth £7bn.

The proposed deal submitted in conjunction with Boeing by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) is for 28 F/A-18E Super Hornet Aircraft, eight F/A-18F Super Hornets, 72 F414-GE-400 installed engines and associated spare parts and munitions

A request for proposals was made to the US as well as several foreign suppliers as part of the ‘FX-2’ competition to provide the next-generation fighter for the Brazilian Air Force.

The US has agreed to the proposal as it sees Brazil as an important ally in the region as well as a important force for political stability and economic progress in South America.

The deal also includes 36 AN/ALQ-214 radio frequency countermeasures, 40 AN/ALE-47 electronic warfare countermeasures systems, 112 AN/ALE-50 towed decoys and the joint mission planning system as well as support equipment, and spare and repair parts.

The US will also provide personnel training and equipment, ferry and tanker support, flight test, software support, publications and technical documents, US Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support.