Air Platforms

Brazil cuts three aircraft from Skyhawk fighter upgrade

20 February 2018

The Brazilian Navy’s Naval Aviation Force will receive six modernised McDonnell Douglas Skyhawk (three AF-1B single-seat and three AF-1C twin-seat) fighters, instead of nine AF-1Bs and three AF-1Cs as originally planned in an April 2009 contract with Embraer.

The move is due to Brazil’s constricting budget, its decision to phase out its São Paulo (A 12) aircraft carrier, and its hope to preserve the capability to operate embarked aircraft.

One AF-1C is to be delivered in the coming weeks and one AF-1B is to be delivered in August, the navy told Jane’s . The first AF-1B was delivered in May 2015 and the second in April 2016, but the latter aircraft crashed on 26 July 2016.

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