The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) took delivery of its first modernized A-1M fighter jet from Embraer, the company said Tuesday.
(Aeronautics Commander, Brazilian Air Force General Juniti Saito receives the first upgraded A-1 from Luiz Carlos Aguiar, presidnet of Embraer's defense and security division. Photo, courtesy of Embraer.)
Embraer's A-1M program is under contract with FAB to upgrade 43 A-1 fighter jets, with enhancements that it says will keep the aircraft "operating until 2025."
The Brazilian airframe manufacturer is equipping the jets with new systems for navigation, weaponry, oxygen generation, radar surveillance and electronic jamming capability. The upgrades will equip the A-1s with systems similar to those found on FAB's fleet of F-5Ms and A-29 Super Tucanos.
“The A-1 fighter jets are fundamental elements for the defense 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," said Juniti Saito, aeronautics commander for the Brazilian Air Force.