Embraer Delivers Upgraded A-1 Fighter To Brazil's Air Force
Embraer delivered its first modernized A-1 jet, the A-1M fighter, to the Brazilian Air Force on Tuesday, at the company's industrial plant in Sao Paulo. The subsonic A-1 light jet is "fundamental" to the defense of Brazil, said Air Force Gen. Juniti Saito. "Its modernization presents a big gain in capability." Embraer said it plans to refurbish and modernize 43 of the jets. The new versions will feature upgraded systems for navigation, weaponry, oxygen generation, multimode radar, and electronic countermeasures. The new systems are similar to those found on F-5Ms and A-29 Super Tucanos, the company said, to make it easier for pilots and mechanics to adapt.
The A-1M jet can be used for air-to-ground attack, bombing, tactical air support and reconnaissance missions. The new upgrades include avionics that are compatible with night-vision goggles and head-up displays, according to Defense Industry Daily. The A-1 fleet entered service in 1990. The new refurbished airplanes are expected to remain in service until 2025.