CONTENT PREVIEW
Air Platforms

Brazil receives first modernised twin-seat Skyhawk

27 April 2018

The Brazilian Navy took delivery of its first modernised McDonnell Douglas AF-1C Skyhawk fighter aircraft on 24 April.The Brazilian Navy currently operates two modernised Skyhawks. Shown here is an AF-1B single-seat variant. (Embraer)The Brazilian Navy currently operates two modernised Skyhawks. Shown here is an AF-1B single-seat variant. (Embraer)

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.

Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight content, please enquire about our subscription options at ihs.com/contact





(146 of 185 words)
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT