Upgraded AMX A-1M Marks First Flight in Brazil

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...

IAI set to produce drones, radars in Brazil

LAAD 2015: IAI set to expand operations in Brazil, investing in a number of strategic partnerships

KC-390 Embarks on its maiden flight

Embraer today successfully performed the first flight of the new military transport and aerial refueling jet, the KC-390.

Elbit Systems 2011 – Returning to Growth

Elbit Systems, Israel’s leading defense systems manufacturer has increased revenues in the fourth quarter to US$798.7 million, indicating 11.8% growth, compared to $714.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. The company's order backlog has also increased and is now exceeding $5 billion.

Israeli C4I, ISR solutions meet Brazilian requirements

LAAD 2015 Report: Israel offers C4I solutions to Brazil

IAI to Convert Two Boeing 767 Into Flying Tankers for Brazil

The Brazilian Air Force Command has selected Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to convert two Boeing 767-300ER commercial aircraft into military, multi-mission tanker and transport (MMTT) aircraft under project KC-X2. According to Israeli sources the conversion program will cover three aircraft with options for more in the future.

Embraer rolls out KC-390 military airlift

Embraer rolled out the first prototype of the KC-390 military transport from the production hangar at the industrial plant of Gavião Peixoto, Brazil. The first flight, planned to take place by the end of 2014.

A Win for Saab: Brazil Opts for the Gripen NG

After more than ten years of discussion, President Dilma Rousseff decided the purchase of Gripen NG fighter, the Swedish Saab, for the FAB (Brazilian Air Force) for the FX-2 program. The defense minister, Celso Amorim, and Air Force commander, Brigadier Juniti Saito, yesterday announced the acquisition of fighter jets. According to the Brazilian plan the investment is US$ 4.5...

Brazilian Air Force (FAB) Receives the First Modernized A-1M

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...

Brazilian Army Selects a Local Supplier for 16,000 km Border Monitoring Program

The Brazilian Army has selected the Tepro consortium as a single provider for Sisfron, the Integrated Border Monitoring System (Sistema Integrado de Monitoramento de Fronteiras - Sisfron).

Super Tucano Selected for the U.S. Air Force Light Air Support Mission

The U.S. Air Force announced that it has selected the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano for the Light Air Support (LAS) program and awarded prime contractor SNC a $355 million for the initial 20 aircraft.

Brazil’s GUARANI to Replace EE-11 URUTU Armored Vehicles by 2015

The Brazilian Army has already inducted over 86 VBTP-MR GUARANI 6x6 APCs armed with remote weapon station under the URUTU-3 modernisation programme to replace their EE-11 URUTU by 2015.

Engine flameout blamed for Colombian Kfir crash

The Colombian Air Force (FAC) has reportedly grounded its entire fleet of Kfir C-10 jet fighters following a crash of one of the aircraft. According to Colombian sources, the J79-GE J1EQD engines powering the Kfir are believed to have caused four accidents involving the Kfir TC12/C10, in a series of accidents that claimed the life of one pilot.

Brazil Expects to Deploy Pantsir-S1 Air-Defense Systems Before the Rio-2016 Olympics

Pantsir S1 firing the 57E6 air-defense missile
The Brazilian Ministry of Defense will commence negotiations for the procurement of Pantsir-S1 (SA-22) and Igla (SA-18) Very Short Range Air-Defense missiles (VSHORAD). Timely delivery of the systems is critical to provide Brazil with the necessary air-defense assets it required to place for the Rio 2016 Olympic games.