Brazilian Defence Minister Nelson Jobim said that the process of awarding a contract for the air force’s F-X2 fighter programme will resume in November, after the presidential elections.

Jobim said that no decision has been taken on the programme and the recommendation that the Defence Ministry submit to the president and give priority to the transfer of technology by the vendor.

Air Force commander, Lieutenant General Juniti Saito said the first unit of the new fighter aircraft would be delivered to Brazil in 2016.

The selection of a vendor will open a new phase of contract negotiations to define commercial and financial aspects, which can take several months.

Jobim said that Brazil had completed an agreement for the production of KC-390 aircraft with Chile, Colombia, Portugal and the Czech Republic.