The Brazilian Navy took delivery of its first modernised McDonnell Douglas AF-1C Skyhawk fighter aircraft on 24 April.
Embraer was awarded a contract in April 2009 to upgrade nine A-4KUs and three TA-4KUs to AF-1B and AF-1C standard respectively, out of 20 A-4KUs and three TA-4KUs that were purchased from Kuwaiti stocks.
However, it was more recently decided to modernise fewer aircraft due to constricting budgets and the decision to decommission the aircraft carrier São Paulo (A 12).
The first AF-1B was delivered in May 2015 to Squadron VF-1 ‘Falcão’ of São Pedro da Aldeia Naval Air Base and the second in April 2016, but the latter aircraft crashed on 26 July 2016.
A new AF-1B is scheduled for delivery this year.
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