Wed, Apr 15, 2009
Program Will Upgrade 12 Navy AF-1, AF-1A Jets
Embraer signed a contract this week to modernize 12 Brazilian
Navy jets -- nine AF-1s (single-seat) and three AF-1As (two-seat).
The ceremony took place during the seventh edition of the Latin
America Aero and Defence (LAAD) trade fair, held at Riocentro.
This is the first large-scale program between Embraer and the
Navy, and its sole objective is to technologically upgrade the 12
"Embraer is honored by the confidence of the Brazilian Navy, and
receives it as a new distinguished defense customer among over 20
armed forces which currently operate its aircraft around the
world." said Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer President & CEO.
"By choosing Embraer, the Navy is making an important contribution
to consolidating the technological and industrial capacity of
Brazil for modernizing military aircraft."
The 12 US-sourced aircraft to be modernized are known,
worldwide, as the A-4 Skyhawk. This upgrading will fully restore
the operating capacity of the Navy's 1st Intercept and Attack Plane
Squadron, for their joint mission with the naval and navy air force
groups in the Nation's defense. The program includes restoring the
aircraft and their current systems, as well as implementing new
avionics, radar, power production, and autonomous oxygen generating
This contract demonstrates Embraer's commitment to offer its
customers modern products, with advanced technology and quality
services. The Company has recently worked on upgrading the
Brazilian Air Force's F-5 and A-1 (AMX) fighter jets. With this
program, Embraer, in conjunction with the Brazilian Navy and Air
Force, as well as the Ministry of Defense, fulfills its role in
assuring gains in technological capability and in generating highly
qualified jobs in Brazil.
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