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“The A-1Ms are receiving modern systems that are similar to those already found on theand A-29 aircraft. All of the upgrades and acquisitions are aligned with the objectives of the Aeronautics Strategic Military Planning (PEMAER)” said Aeronautics Commander, Air Force General Juniti Saito. PEMAER positions the FAB’s future growth based on medium- and long-term studies – aligned with Brazil’s National Defense Policy (PND) and National Defense Strategy (END) highlighting benefit for the nation’s industry and technology base. To offer the highest benefit, upgrade programs are sharing common avionics, contributing to better commonality in instrument orientation and pilots training. “This commonality is providing a level of standardization that comes with numerous operational advantages, such as improving the employment doctrine of the FAB and a better yield in terms of flight hours.” General Saito added.
The first flight of the A-1M coincided with the delivery of the delivery of the 99th and final A-29light attack turboprop to the FAB. In December 2003 the FAB became the launch customer for ’s , under the AL-X program. The aircraft is currently used for advanced pilot training and carries out important functions in the Amazon Surveillance System (SIVAM). The A-29 has been chosen by ten customers in Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific.
has also delivered the last two F-5M fighters, concluding the first batch modernization of FAB F-5 fighters to be delivered to the Air Force. The F-5M program covers the refurbishing and upgrading of 46 supersonic fighters. In December 2010, a new contract was signed to upgrade 11 additional F-5 aircraft, with the work beginning on the first jet in October 2012. The first deliveries of this second group are planned for 2013. Each F-5E/F aircraft receive new navigation systems, weaponry, computers, and multimodal radar. This equipment, as well as structural repairs, increases the operational capability of the fighters for at least fifteen more years.