Embraer delivers first upgraded fighter to Brazil

Sept. 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Sign up for our Security newsletter

SAO PAULO, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The first of 43 sub-sonic A-1 jet fighters scheduled for modernization has been delivered to the Brazilian Air Force by Embraer Defense & Security.

The A-1, was produced by AMX, an Italian-Brazilian joint venture. It is a ground support combat and reconnaissance aircraft manufactured from 1986 to 1999. It has a maximum speed of 568 miles per hour and a combat radius of 553 miles.

The modernized version, the A-1M, features new navigation systems, weaponry, multimode radar, and electronic counter-measures and structural refurbishments.

The new systems are similar to those on the Brazilian Air Force's F-5Ms and the A-29 Super Tucanos and will allow the modernized aircraft to continue operating until 2025.

"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."

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more news from UPI.com
Related UPI Stories
share with facebook
share with twitter
Trending Stories