Defense & Security redelivered the first modernized A-1M ( ) fighter jet to the (FAB). The modernization of the A-1 (built during the 1980s under a ian-Italian cooperation) include structural refurbishment extending the fighter’s operational life through 2025. The modernization was performed at ’s industrial plant in Gavião Peixoto, in São Paulo. The A-1M program provides for refurbishing and modernizing 43 subsonic jets, 16 of which are already at the Company’s facilities.
It also includes a comprehensive avionics upgrade, upgrading the jet’s navigation, weaponry, oxygen generation, radar and electronic countermeasures (ECM) capabilities. The avionic upgrade will streamlining the A-1 with F-5M and A-29 Super Tucanos operating with the FAB. According to, such standardization assists with the adaptation period of the pilots, improved fleet management policy, better output in terms of flight hours, and reduced maintenance and operating costs. The program also includes the delivery of mission planning and debriefing stations, to be deployed at the squadron level, supporting training and improving pilot proficiency.