Brazil and France have entered into a strategic defense alliance, which
involves France helping Brazil develop its own nuclear submarines, and a demand
for French weapons. Brazil is developing a nuclear power plant small enough to
fit into something like the new, 4,100 ton French Barracuda nuclear attack
subs. France will first sell at least one Scropene conventionally powered sub to
Brazil, to be built in Brazil. France will also help Brazil install the
Brazilian designed nuclear power plant in a new sub design. It's possible that
France will also help Brazil with the design of that nuclear power plant.
France also hopes to sell Brazil Rafael jet fighters, and has agreed to buy
fifty helicopters from Brazil. The 1,400 ton Scorpene subs cost $600 million
each, while the new French Barracuda nuclear powered subs cost $1.6 billion
each. Brazil wants to improve its fleet, in part because oil has been
discovered off the coast of Brazil. France also wants to develop another major
export customer for its weapons, and is willing to go to extraordinary lengths
to accomplish this.