Sea Platforms

Brazilian Navy re-considering Skyhawk modernisation programme

24 July 2017

The Brazilian Navy is re-considering the number of Boeing (Douglas) AF-1/AF-1A Skyhawk (A-4KU and TA-4KU) fighters to be modernised by Embraer Defesa & Segurança to the AF-1B/C standard, the service told Jane’s .

The final total number of modernised jets is being re-evaluated due to budget constraints, and the decision is being made to demobilise the São Paulo (A 12) aircraft carrier, from which the aircraft would fly. However, this is balanced with hopes to preserve carrier-based operational experience. Several scenarios with varying aircraft numbers are being considered, and Embraer was asked to provide cost estimates for the potential changes.

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