FAB and Embraer Sign Agreement to Support Upgraded A-1 Fighters
(Source: Brazilian air force; issued Dec. 19, 2012)
(Issued in Portuguese only; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)
The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica SA (Embraer) signed, on Thursday Dec. 13, a contract for the Integrated Logistics Support of Project A-1, which provides for the provision of support materials and services AMX aircraft and will be managed by Parque de Material Aeronáutico do Galeão (PAMA-GL), in Rio de Janeiro.

The agreement was signed at the General Support Command HQ by the Director of PAMA-GL, Air Brigadier Antonio Ricardo Pinheiro Vieira, and the President of Embraer Defense and Security, Luiz Carlos Aguiar.

"This agreement with Embraer is a positive one for the FAB, which gains a solid and reliable partner to meet its needs, but also for domestic industry, which receives better incentives to continue to reinforce its capabilities,” said General Commander of Support, Air Lieutenant-Brigadier Helio Paes de Barros Júnior.

The contract includes logistical support, equipment acquisition and repair of components, technical support for continued obsolescence monitoring, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, on-call support and engineering support. According to Brigadier Vieira, the agreement aims to increase the availability and the number of aircraft, in parallel to the fleet modernization.

The AMX is an attack aircraft used for air-to-ground interdiction, close air support and reconnaissance. In the Brazilian Air Force, it is designated A-1.

Project A-1 provides for the revitalization and modernization of 43 subsonic fighters of the FAB.


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