Air France 447 – Jobim diz que acidente com voo AF 447 não abala confiança do Brasil em tecnologia da França

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Daniela Fernandes

De Paris para a BBC Brasil

O ministro da Defesa, Nelson Jobim ( Foto: José Cruz/ABr, 11/6)Jobim afirmou que Brasil quer aprofundar parceria com a França

O ministro da Defesa, Nelson Jobim, afirmou, nesta segunda-feira, em Paris, que o acidente com o voo AF 447 da Air France “não abalou em absolutamente nada” a confiança do Brasil em relação à capacidade técnica dos equipamentos e fabricantes franceses.

Jobim, que se reuniu na tarde desta segunda-feira em Paris com o ministro francês da Defesa, Hervé Morin, e com outras autoridades do país, disse ter reiterado nesses encontros que o acidente aéreo “não abalou o pacto estratégico entre a França e o Brasil”.

Em dezembro de 2008, a França e o Brasil lançaram uma parceria estratégica que prevê transferências de tecnologias para a fabricação no Brasil de 50 helicópteros, que serão utilizados pela Força Aérea brasileira, e cinco submarinos, sendo um deles com propulsão nuclear.

Segundo estimativas da imprensa francesa na época, o negócio seria estimado em 8,6 bilhões de euros (cerca de R$ 23 bilhões).

“O Brasil tem interesse em aprofundar mais essa parceria estratégica”, disse Jobim, durante entrevista na embaixada brasileira em Paris.

Licitação

Além dos contratos de helicópteros e submarinos, a França também disputa, juntamente com os Estados Unidos e a Suécia, a licitação do governo brasileiro para a compra de caças para a Força Aérea.

Segundo Jobim, a Força Aérea brasileira deverá apresentar um parecer técnico no final de julho, indicando sua preferência.

“O assunto será examinado depois pelo presidente (Lula). A decisão não é exclusivamente técnica. Ela faz parte também de um processo de entendimento político, dentro da parceria estratégica que nós estamos aprofundando mais com a França”, disse Jobim.

Confiança

“Acidentes são coisas que lamentavelmente ocorrem”, afirmou o ministro brasileiro ao comentar que a tragédia não abala a confiança do Brasil nas empresas francesas, como a Thales, do setor aeroespacial, fabricante dos tubos Pitot, os sensores que medem a velocidade dos aviões.

“Nós conhecemos muito bem a competência da Thales, sucessora da Thomson. Eu conheço a Thales desde a época da licitação para o Sivam em 1995”, disse Jobim, referindo-se ao Sistema de Vigilância da Amazônia, cujo contrato foi obtido por uma empresa americana.

Problemas nos sensores de velocidade fabricados pela Thales para os aviões têm sido apontados como a possível causa do acidente com o avião Airbus A330 da Air France, que caiu no Oceano Atlântico enquanto seguia do Rio de Janeiro para Paris, no último dia 31 de maio.

Jobim visita nesta terça-feira o Salão da Aviação do Bourget, o maior evento mundial do setor da aeronáutica, na periferia de Paris, mas não revelou se o Brasil teria interesse em comprar mais equipamentos.


Air France 447 – Brazilian Navy Command and Aeronautical Command – Press Release 32

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15/06/2009 – 19h30
Press Release – English

PRESS RELEASE 32

INFORMATION ON THE SEARCH FOR AIR FRANCE FLIGHT 447

The Brazilian Navy Command and Aeronautical Command inform that, in the search today, military personnel aboard aircraft sighted wreckage 950 kilometers from Fernando de Noronha, in an area close to where debris was found before. No bodies were sighted.

At this moment, more than a thousand Brazilian military are directly involved in the searches, 761 belong to the Navy and 250 to the Air Force.

The Frigate Bosísio is heading back to Fernando de Noronha with the six bodies found before by the French Navy and transferred to the Brazilian ship. The arrival estimate to the island is tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16th.

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Air France 447 – Brazilian Navy Command and Aeronautical Command – Press Release 31

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15/06/2009 – 14h24
Press Release – English

PRESS RELEASE 31

INFORMATION ON THE SEARCH FOR AIR FRANCE FLIGHT 447

The Brazilian Navy Command and Aeronautical Command inform that the total number of bodies rescued and transported to Recife (PE) is 43 and not 44, as previously announced. There was a correction of this number after the pre-identification work by the Federal Police experts and the Pernambuco Department of Public Safety.

Due to the impossibility of only visual verification of the state of the bodies, from this date onwards, the search operational command will start to use the term ´´mortal remains´´ and no longer ´´bodies´´ to account for what is found in the ocean.

The six bodies retrieved by the French Navy are, at this moment, being transferred to the Frigate Bosísio, another three already are on board the Brazilian ship.

Meteorological conditions, though not ideal, allowed search aircraft and ships to accomplish their duties. No bodies were found nor sightings of wreckage of the fallen aircraft made.

This Sunday, at 15:30, the operational center received the visit of the French Ambassador Pierre-Jean Vandoorne. He confirmed his support and admiration for the mission being carried out by the military.

After two weeks of searches, we inform that the R-99 aircraft employed in the mission accomplished the electronic scanning of a total of 1.019.548 square kilometers of the Atlantic Ocean, the equivalent of around ten times the size of the State of Pernambuco or five times the State of São Paulo. The electronic scanning made it possible for other aircraft and ships to identify the areas where bodies and aircraft wreckage were located .

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Air France 447 – Brazilian Navy Command and Aeronautical Command – Press Release 30

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15/06/2009 – 14h19
Press Release – English

PRESS RELEASE 30

INFORMATION ON THE SEARCH FOR AIR FRANCE FLIGHT 447

The Brazilian Navy Command and Aeronautical Command inform that, since the beginning of the operation, this day has presented the worst meteorological conditions for the searches ever. This scenario forced the aircraft that were launched to return to their bases and to remain grounded during most of the day.

During the day, the merchant ship Gammagas, from Antigua, on the route from Uruguay to United Kingdom, found and rescued part of the structure of the fallen aircraft, at a point 415 kilometers northwest of the São Pedro and São Paulo archipelago.

The Frigate Constituição will arrive tomorrow morning, the 14th, to the Port of Recife (PE), where it will unload wreckage and personal objects rescued from the search area. The airplane parts, as well as the baggage found, will be under the responsibility of the Bureau D´enquêtes et D´Analises pour la Securité de l´Aviation civile (BEA), as agreed by the French aeronautical authority and the airline Air France.

During the passage of the Frigate Constituição close to Fernando de Noronha, a H-60 Blackhawk helicopter, from the Brazilian Air Force, picked up the three bodies that were on the ship, transporting them to the archipelago for the initial round of forensic identification.

The other 21 bodies that were on the Archipelago arrived at 14:00, at the Recife Air Base and were entrusted to the care of the Legal Medical institute (IML) of the capital of Pernambuco state. The bodies still in Fernando de Noronha will be transported in the next few days, as initial forensic identification work progresses.

News organizations interested in covering the arrival of the Frigate Constituição to the Port of Recife, should register by means of the following e-mail: imprensa@cppe.mar.mil.br (Brazilian Navy).

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Air France 447 – Brazilian Navy Command and Aeronautical Command – Press Release 29

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15/06/2009 – 14h10
Press Release – English

PRESS RELEASE 29

INFORMATION ON THE SEARCH FOR AIR FRANCE FLIGHT 447

The Brazilian Navy Command and Aeronautical Command inform that more bodies have been rescued by the French Navy, however, the quantity will be disclosed only when these bodies are transferred to a ship of the Brazilian Navy.

The Frigate Constituição should be arriving at Recife´s port next Sunday, June 14th, with the wreckage and personal objects retrieved from the search area. The pieces of the aircraft (wreckage) will be made available to the Bureau D´enquêtes et D´Analises pour la Securité de l´Aviation civile (BEA). As for the personal objects (baggage) of the flight AF 447, the Air Force awaits the official position of Air France airline, that is legally responsible for these items.

The air search today had only Brazilian Air Force aircraft. The two French planes which are part of the operation were undergoing routine maintenance and were therefore unable to fly.

The meteorological conditions continue unfavorable to the activities, yet, all the air search missions planned for today were completed. The height of the waves remains below one meter and the water temperature at the surface is around 26ºC.

Today some data referring to the logistical effort of the Brazilian navy for this operation was calculated. Until June 11th, the sum of all days at sea of all ships involved in the Operation has totalled 56,5 days. Altogether 13.763 miles were navigated (25.490 kilometers), which represents three times the extent of the Brazilian coast.

Do be advised that from tomorrow on, June 13th, there will be only one press conference a day, that will take place at 18:00 pm (Brasilia time).

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Air France 447 – Comando da Aeronáutica – Nota 32

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15/06/2009 – 18h00
Nota 32 – 15.06.09

INFORMAÇÕES SOBRE AS BUSCAS DO VOO 447 DA AIR FRANCE

O Comando da Marinha e o Comando da Aeronáutica informam que, nas buscas de hoje, militares a bordo das aeronaves avistaram destroços a cerca de 950 quilômetros de Fernando de Noronha, em área próxima a materiais encontrados anteriormente. Não foram avistados corpos.

No momento, atuam diretamente nas buscas mais de mil militares brasileiros, sendo 761 da Marinha e 250 da Aeronáutica.

A Fragata Bosísio está em deslocamento para Fernando de Noronha com os seis corpos anteriormente encontrados pela Marinha Francesa e transferidos para o navio brasileiro. A estimativa de chegada à ilha é amanhã, terça-feira, dia 16.

Centro de Comunicação Social da Marinha
Centro de Comunicação Social da Aeronáutica