Em­braer De­fense & Se­cu­rity de­liv­ers the first mod­ernised A-1 fighter to Brazil

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Em­braer De­fense & Se­cu­rity has de­liv­ered the first mod­ernised A-1 (A-1M) fighter jet to the Brazil­ian Air Force (FAB) at its in­dus­trial plant in Gav­ião Peixoto, in out­state São Paulo. The event was at­tended by the Aero­nau­tics Com­man­der, Air Force Gen­eral Ju­niti Saito, and of­fi­cers from the FAB’s High Com­mand. The A-1M pro­gramme pro­vides for re­fur­bish­ing and modernising 43 subsonic AMX jets, 16 of which are al­ready at the com­pany’s fa­cil­i­ties.

The A-1M jet has the ca­pa­bil­ity of per­form­ing air-to-ground at­tack, bomb­ing, tac­ti­cal air sup­port and re­con­nais­sance mis­sions. The mod­ernised FAB air­planes will re­ceive new sys­tems for nav­i­ga­tion, weaponry, oxy­gen gen­er­a­tion, mul­ti­mode radar, and elec­tronic coun­ter­mea­sures. This equip­ment, along with struc­tural re­fur­bish­ment, will al­low th­ese jets to con­tinue op­er­at­ing un­til 2025.

Ac­cord­ing to the Em­braer mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme, the A-1Ms will re­ceive sys­tems that are sim­i­lar to those that are also found on the F-5Ms and the A-29 Su­per Tucanos be­long­ing to the FAB. This will as­sist with the adap­ta­tion pe­riod of the pi­lots and pro­vides stan­dard­i­s­a­tion with nu­mer­ous op­er­a­tional ad­van­tages, such as im­proved fleet man­age­ment pol­icy, bet­ter out­put in terms of flight hours, and re­duced main­te­nance and op­er­at­ing costs.

“The de­liv­ery of the first A-1M marks another spe­cial mo­ment in the long and suc­cess­ful his­tory of re­la­tions be­tween the FAB and Em­braer,” said Luiz Car­los Aguiar, Pres­i­dent of Em­braer De­fense & Se­cu­rity. “This air­craft will be very use­ful for main­tain­ing the op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity of the Brazil­ian Air Force.”

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