Upgraded AMX A-1M Marks First Flight in Brazil

Second A-1M prototype undergoing refurbishing at Embraer's AMX upgrading line. Photo: Silva Lopes

The prototype of the upgraded AMX, designated A-1M flew today for the first time. The first flight was the kickoff mark for the aircraft’s flight test campaign. The A-1M program provides for refurbishing and upgrading of 43 FAB AMX subsonic fighters. Ten aircraft are already at the Company’s facilities, the first of two prototypes has already been completed and the company plans the first deliveries for 2013. Brazil’s Aeronautics Commander, Air Force General Juniti Saito, and senior officers from the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) attended the first flight at Embraer’s manufacturing plant in Gavião Peixoto, in outstate São Paulo, Brazil.

AIL is providing the avionics used in the cockpit of the modernized A-1M. These systems reflect high commonality with other modernized FAB fighters, including the F-5M and A-29. Photo: Silva Lopes, FAB

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