Embraer delivers last modernised AF-1B fighter jet to the Brazilian Navy

Delivery ceremony of the last modernised AF-1B jet at ©Embraer's industrial unit in Gavião Peixoto, in São Paulo state

Embraer has delivered the last modernised AF-1 fighter jet (AF-1B) to the Brazilian Navy. Under the AF-1 programme (the Navy designation for the McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk), seven subsonic fighter jets were modernised – five single-seater AF-1Bs and two two-seater AF-1Cs.

The AF-1 is an intercept and attack aircraft operated from airfields or aircraft carriers as a vector for the fleet’s air defence. The Brazilian Navy’s modernised aircraft received new navigation, weapons, power generation, computers, tactical communication and sensor systems, including a state-of-the-art multi-mode radar and a new operating system. In addition to the modernisation, the revitalisation of the cell was carried out, increasing the aircraft’s useful life.

As part of the modernisation programme carried out by Embraer, a high-fidelity flight simulator was developed permitting the Brazilian Navy to carry out pilot training, thus increasing safety in its operations. Briefing and debriefing stations used in the training and proficiency of pilots were also provided to improve their use, to reduce costs and to bring greater effectiveness to mission planning and execution.

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