Embraer Defence & Security has delivered the first modernised A-1M (AMX) fighter jet to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB).
The A-1M program was put in place for the modernisation of 43 subsonic AMX jets, 16 of which are already at the Company’s facilities.
The modernised aircraft will receive new systems for navigation, weaponry, oxygen generation, multimode radar, and electronic countermeasures.
This equipment upgrade, along with structural refurbishment will allow these jets to continue operating until 2025. According to the Embraer, 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 program also includes briefing and debriefing stations that will be used for improving training and to make better use of the equipment, reduce costs, and achieve greater effectiveness in mission planning and execution.
“The A-1 fighter jets are fundamental elements for the defence of Brazil, including its territorial coastal waters. We have been very successful in using this aircraft on such highly complex operations as the Cruzex and Red Flag exercises. Its modernization presents a big gain in capability, along with adequate cost-benefit, and, once again, it shows the value of the Nation’s industry,” points out the Aeronautics Commander, Air Force General Juniti Saito.
The A-1M has the capability of performing air-to-ground attack, bombing, tactical air support and reconnaissance missions.