Brazil expands AMX modernisation programme

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Brazil's air force (FAB) has extended its existing modernisation contract for Alenia/Aermacchi/Embraer AMX aircraft with Embraer to include airframe overhaul and equipment replacement.

While the original agreement from 2003 focuses on upgrading the aircraft's electronic systems, the new one relates to structural overhaul and substitution of outdated equipment.

A total of 43 aircraft are to be modernized, with the first one to be ready for flight testing in early 2012. Re-delivery is scheduled to take place by the end of the year.

Brazil bought 54 AMX aircraft in three batches since the first delivery in 1989. The subsonic single-engine fighter jet, which is called A-1 by FAB, was jointly manufactured by Aeritália (now Alenia), Macchi (now Aermacchi) and Embraer.