First Modernized Brazilian AMX A-1M to Make Inaugural Flight in March
By Dialogo March 21, 2012
The inaugural flight of the first Brazilian Air Force AMX A-1M modernized by Embraer will take place before the end of March. The light fighter-bomber is part of the lot of 43 units that will be converted to the A-1M model and delivered by 2017.
The primary suppliers contracted by Embraer for the program will implement the digital cockpit, electronic countermeasures, and HMD Dash 4, among other items, and a secondary supplier will implement the Scipio SCP-01 radar to equip the modernized A-1s.
This sensor operates in the air-to-air and air-to-ground modes, the latter including naval operations. Performing search, detection, tracking, and target telemetry functions, and mapping the area in front of the aircraft, the Scipio SCP-01 promises to revolutionize the use of this Brazilian attack plane.
The A-1M will also incorporate HOTAS controls, an OBOGS autonomous oxygen-generation system, and an interface for use with target-designation systems and the launch of laser-guided bombs.
Embraer is carrying out the refurbishing and structural updating of the 43 units. The in-flight refueling (IFR) systems and the two Defa 544 30-mm cannons will also undergo maintenance.
As far as the new communications system is concerned, the planes will be provided with VHF/UHF Rohde & Schwarz M3AR Series 6000 radios, characterized by their capacity to operate while rapidly varying their frequency according to random patterns and the transmission and reception of encoded signals in real time (datalink), similar to those installed in the A-29 Super Tucano, the E-99/R-99, and the F-5EM/FM fighter. Navigation operations for the A-1M will be performed by Honeywell INS/GPS H-764 G systems.