Posted by John McHale
SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil, 18 Jan. 2011. Embraer and the Brazilian air force -- FAB (Comando da Aeronautica (COMAER) -- have signed a contract to overhaul 43 AMX jet fighters. This deal complements the previous contract to modernize AMX fighters signed in 2003. The original modernization contract focuses on an upgrade of the electronic systems of the AMX jets, called the A-1 by the FAB. This new agreement deals with a structural overhaul and the repair and substitution of other outdated equipment.
The maiden flight of the modernized single-seat prototype is planned for early 2012, when the flight testing of the systems will begin. The first delivery is expected by the end of 2012.
"With this new contract, we will be able to more adequately get the aircraft prepared and ready for their subsequent modernization program, under an ongoing contract, so as to ensure a more efficient and steady flow for the fighters' overall updating process and to expedite their return to operation," explains Orlando Jose Ferreira Neto, commercial vice president, Embraer Defense and Security.