The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) will field 14 modernised Alenia-Embraer AMX light attack fighters instead of 43 as originally planned, the service’s Comissão Coordenadora do Programa Aeronave de Combate (COPAC) procurement organisation recently told Jane’s . Embraer Defense & Security was earlier tasked to modernise 33 single-seat A-1As and 10 twin-seat A-1Bs.
Brazil originally received 56 aircraft (45 A-1As and 11 A-1Bs). However, numbers to be upgraded were reduced due to budget constraints, and the FAB currently has about 20 non-modernised aircraft in its inventory.
The latest plan oversees the modernisation of 11 A-1As and three A-1Bs. The first modernised A-1M was received in September 2013.
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