Embraer Defense & Security announced Tuesday that it has delivered the first modernized AF-1B jet fighter to the Brazilian Navy at the ceremony held at its industrial plant in Sao Paulo.
The AF-1 is an intercept and attack airplane operating from an aircraft carrier to provide air defense for the fleet. The AF-1 program revitalizes and modernizes 12 subsonic jets – nine AF-1 single-seaters and three AF-1A two-seaters.
Embraer’s modernization program also includes supplying briefing and debriefing stations that are already being used for the training and proficiency of pilots of the VF-1 Falcão Squadron, in order to improve their use, to reduce costs, and to bring greater effectiveness to mission planning and execution.
These modernized Navy jets received new navigation, weapons, power, tactical communications and sensor systems, plus computers and multimode state-of-the art radar.
This equipment, along with the structural work that was performed, will make it possible for these jet fighters to continue operating until 2025.
“For the Brazilian Navy, the modernization of the AF-1 aircraft at Embraer is another important step in capacitating base of Brazil’s defense industry, and the results achieved will allow Naval Aviation to operate an aircraft with state-of-the-art sensors and equipment, representing a large forward leap in the Navy’s capacity,” said Fleet Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira, Navy Commander.
Embraer Defense & Security held the delivery ceremony of the first modernized AF-1 (AF-1B) fighter jet to the Brazilian Navy.