Naval Air: September 27, 2000


France has agreed to sell the carrier Foch to Brazil and will do so in November, just as the new Charles de Gaulle comes into service. Brazil is paying $42 million for the Foch. The carrier will be renamed Sao Paulo and will replace the Brazilian carrier Minas Gerais (which they brought from Britain in 1956). Brazil is expected to sell the Minas Gerais to Argentina. It will take five months in a French shipyard to refit Foch to Brazil's requirements. Brazil will operate two squadrons of A-4 Skyhawk fighters on the Sao Paulo; it bought 23 such fighters from Kuwait in 1998.--Stephen V Cole




Help Keep Us From Drying Up

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling.

Each month we count on your contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage.
Subscribe   Contribute   Close