Embraer Defense & Security redelivered the first modernized A-1M (AMX) fighter jet to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). The modernization of the A-1 (built during the 1980s under a Brazilian-Italian cooperation) include structural refurbishment extending the fighter’s operational life through 2025. The modernization was performed at Embraer’s industrial plant in Gavião Peixoto, in São Paulo. The A-1M program provides for refurbishing and modernizing 43 subsonic AMX jets, 16 of which are already at the Company’s facilities.
The A-1M fighter jet serves the FAB mainly in the ground attack role, performing air-to-ground attack, bombing, tactical air support and reconnaissance missions. “The A-1 fighter jets are fundamental elements for the defense of Brazil, including its territorial coastal waters. We have been very successful in using this aircraft on such highly complex operations as the Cruzex and Red Flag exercises. Its modernization presents a big gain in capability, along with adequate cost-benefit, and, once again, it shows the value of the Nation’s industry” Aeronautics Commander, Air Force General Juniti Saito commented.
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 Embraer, 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.
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[ismember]In November 2008 Elbit Systems was awarded a $67 million subcontract to design the avionics kits for the AMX upgrade. The modernized avionics suite for the AMX will comprise new cockpit displays, an improved central mission computer and new stores management system. New self-protection systems will also be provided by Elbit’s EW subsidiary Elisra. Elbit Systems’ part of the program was estimated to be worth approximately $187 million for the company. The work will be performed in cooperation with Elbit Systems’ wholly-owned Brazilian subsidiary Aeroeletronica S.A. (AEL), located in Porto Alegre, Brazil.[/ismember]