AIR FORCE WEEK 2015
By the year 2000, approximately 200 planes of this type had been produced. The AMX has also flown 252 combat missions piloted by the Italian squadrons, with no aircraft lost. In Brazil, the fighter, designated the A-1 by the Brazilian Air Force, is operated by the first (Poker) and third (Centauro) squadrons of the 10th Aviation Group of the Air Base of Santa Maria (RS), and by the first squadron (Adelphi) of the 16th Aviation Group of the Air Base of Santa Cruz (RJ).
A NEW AMX FOR THE BRAZILIAN AIR FORCE
The high performance obtained by the AMX led the Brazilian Air Force to decide for the modernization of the A-1, a task which was entrusted to Embraer.
Announced in 2009, the A-1M program provides for revitalization and modernization of the fighters and includes the incorporation of new systems for navigation, oxygen generation, multimode radar, and electronic countermeasures, as well as a structural revision.
Among other improvements, the added innovations allowed for reduction of the pilots' workload in combat by replacing analog indicators with multifunctional digital screens, optimizing control and weapons functions. Since 2013, the A-1M has been operating in the Brazilian Air Force and has introduced numerous other operational advantages, such as the improvement in the fleet's employment doctrine, better performance of flight hours, and reduction of the maintenance and operating costs.
STORIES FROM THOSE WHO WERE THERE
João Marcos da Silva, process analyst
"I started my career at EDE (Embraer Equipment Division), now ELEB, in June of 1984. I had the privilege to participate in the production of the AMX landing gear in Brazil. The design of the landing strut was quoted in Cartesian x, y, and z coordinates, which at the time was a very big challenge in the construction of the manufacturing processes."
Luiz Carlos de Araujo Limia, aircraft maintenance technician and engineer
"I started at Embraer in May of 1987, in the customer training area. I participated in a team responsible to produce the instruction material and to train the first group of Brazilian Air Force maintenance members belonging to the 1st/16th GAv Squadron to Operate the AMX, designated in the Brazilian Air Force as the A-1 and A-1B. After this experience, we went to the field to provide technical assistance and start operations at the Air Base of Santa Cruz, RJ. It was a very rich experience that brought new challenges, technology, professional and personal growth, both for EMBRAER and for the Brazilian Air Force.
Paulo Toledo, training specialist
"I have worked at Embraer since February 1981 and I participated in the AMX program from the beginning. I worked on all the phases of assembly and support for testing of the two Brazilian prototypes, and I continued in the program up until the delivery of serial no. 0030, when I was transferred to the customer training area to take over, as an instructor, part of the training program for the AMX. This program was of the utmost importance to the company and to me, because it brought about much of what we have today in terms of state-of-the-art technology widely used in various other products."
João Aparecido Vieira, process technician
"I started my career at Embraer in April of 1985, and was very proud to be part of the group that painted the first AMX. I helped to do the technical inscriptions, placards, and crests!"