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."