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Brazilian Air Force
Força Aérea Brasileira
Cruzex IV 2008 Natal - Brasil.jpg
Brazilian Air Force Mirage 2000 formation.
Active 1941–Present
Country  Brazil
Branch Air Force
Size 73,764 active personnel[1]
773 aircraft
Part of Ministry of Defence
Command Headquarters Brasília/DF
Patron Alberto Santos Dumont[2]

Eduardo Gomes[3]

Motto Wings that protect the country
March "Hino dos Aviadores"
Anniversaries May 22 (anniversary)
April 22 (fighter day)
Engagements World War II
Commander-in-Chief President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Commander Lieutenant-Brigadier Juniti Saito
Brazilian Air Force roundel.svg COA of Brazilian Air Force.svg
Aircraft flown
Attack AMX, Super Tucano, AT-26 Xavante, Mi-35M
Bomber AMX
Embraer R-99
Fighter Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II
Interceptor Dassault Mirage 2000
Patrol Lockheed P-3 Orion, Bandeirulha C-95
Reconnaissance Super Tucano, R-35
Trainer Tucano, AT-26 Xavante
Transport C-130, C-295, Super Puma, 707, UH-1H, EMB-190, UH-60L

The Brazilian Air Force (Portuguese: Força Aérea Brasileira, FAB) is the air branch of the Brazilian Armed Forces and one of the three national uniformed services. The FAB was formed when the Army and Navy air branch were merged into a single military force initially called "National Air Forces". Both air branches transferred their equipment, installations and personnel to the new force.

The FAB is the largest air force in Latin America, with about 700 manned aircraft in service, and 73,000 personnel on active duty.[4] An additional 7,655 civilian personnel are employed.[5]





The establishment of the Royal Air Force in 1918 and the creation of the Italian Air Force (Regia Aeronautica) and the French Air Force during the 1920s drove the idea of uniting Brazilian air power under the same organization. Together with these events the Brazilian strategists were also influenced by the theories of Giulio Douhet, Billy Mitchell and Hugh Montague Trenchard.[citation needed]

The first public manifest[6] to create an integrated military air service came up in 1928 when an army Major called Lysias Rodrigues wrote an article called "An urgent need: The Ministry of the Air" ("Uma premente necessidade: o Ministério do Ar"). Two years later the French Military Mission, working for the Brazilian Army, made the first steps to organize a national air arm. The idea got more support when a group of Brazilian airmen came from Italy in 1934 and explained the advantages of having a military aviation unified. Also, the Spanish Revolution and the first movements of World War II at the end of the thirties showed the importance of Air power for military strategies.

1º GAC P-47s carried the "Senta a Pua!" emblem as nose art along with the national insignia of Brazil.

One of the main supporters of the plan to create an independent air arm was the then-president Getúlio Vargas. He organized a study group early in 1940 and the whole structure of the Ministry of Aeronautics (Ministério da Aeronáutica) was established the end of that year. This new governmental agency was responsible for the all aspects of the civil and military aviation including infrastructure, regulation and organization.[7]

Formally, the Ministry of Aeronautics was founded on January 20, 1941 and so its military branch called "National Air Forces", changed to "Brazilian Air Force" (Força Aérea Brasileira - FAB) on May, 22. The Army ("Aviação Militar") and Navy ("Aviação Naval") air branches were extinguished and all personnel, aircraft, installations and other related equipment were transferred to FAB.[7]

World War II

Equipped with American aircraft, mainly the P-47 Thunderbolt, the FAB saw action on the Italian front. The work of the pilots and support personnel was recognized by a Presidential Unit Citation issued on April 26, 1986—one of only three[8] non-US squadrons to receive such a citation.

Brazilian Air force contribution in the World War II:

  • Executed Missions - 445
  • Offensive - 2.546
  • Defensive - 4
  • Flight hours in the war - 5.465
  • Total flight hours - 6.144
  • Launched Bombs - 4.442
  • Caliber ammunition 0.50 - 1.180.200
  • Rockets - 850
  • Gasoline consumed - 4.058.651[9]
Targets Destroyed Damaged
Aircraft 2 9
Locomotives 13 92
vehicles 1304 686
Wagons and tank cars 250 835
Armored Cars 8 13
Bridges, railroad and highways 25 51
Cuts railroad and location 412
Buildings occupied 144 94
Enemy camps 1 4
Artillery positions 85 15
Enemy Accommodation 3 8
Factory 6 5
Enemy facilities 125 54
Electric Plants 5 4
Fuel and ammunition deposits 31 15
Oil Distillery 3 2
Radar stations 2
Boats 19 1
Ship 1


Post World War II

After the war, the FAB began flying the British Gloster Meteor jet fighter. The jets were purchased from the British for 15,000 tons of crude cotton, as Brazil had no foreign currency reserves to spare. The jet was operated by the FAB until the mid-1960s, when it was replaced by the F-80C and TF-33A, which were later replaced by the F-5 and Mirage III jets.

Cold War

During the Cold War, the Brazilian Republic was aligned with the United States and NATO. This meant that the F-5 could be bought cheaply from the United States, who called this jet the "Freedom Fighter". Many other countries, such as Mexico, also benefited from this policy.

The Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica, Brazilian Aeronautic Co.) has its origins as an enterprise directly managed and sponsored by the FAB. Working with Italian corporations, it developed the new AMX attack aircraft (known locally as A-1) which makes up the backbone of the FAB's attack force. The successful Tucano T-27 trainer and the new light attack aircraft "A-29," are also Embraer aircraft used extensively by the FAB.


Cockpit of the R-99 aircraft from the Brazilian Air Force

In the early 2000s, with renewed economic stability, the FAB underwent an extensive renewal of its inventory through several acquisition programs, the most ambitious of which was the acquisition of 36 new front-line interceptor aircraft to replace its aging Mirage III. Known as F-X Project the program was postponed once again in 2005. The competitors were the French Dassault Rafale, the Swedish SAAB-BAE Gripen, and the American F/A-18 Super Hornet.

On July 15, 2005 one agreement was set with the French government for the transfer of twelve Dassault Mirage 2000s (ten "C" and two "B" versions) second-hand ex-Armée de L'Air. Known as F-2000s in Brazil, the first two aircraft arrived at Anápolis Air Base on September 4, 2006.

On November 4, 2007 the F-X Project underwent a small change. Now known as Project FX-2 and with a bigger budget, the competitors for acquisition were the Eurofighter Typhoon, Sukhoi Su-35, Saab Gripen, Dassault Rafale, Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and, although information on Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II was requested, Lockheed Martin presented an F-16 Fighting Falcon variant (designated F-16BR).[12] In October 2008, FAB released a shortlist of 3 aircraft: SAAB Gripen NG, Dassault Rafale and Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. In February 2009, the three companies provided their final bids.[13] In September 2009, following a surprise French visit to Brazil, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Nicolas Sarkozy, from France, made a new military cooperation agreement. Lula, on an interview at TV5 Monde, said french Rafale is a step forward, since technology transfer would be effective.[14]

On September 7, 2009, Brazilian Independence Day, it was announced Brazil would negotiate 36 Dassault Rafale.[15] But the Defence Minister did not confirmed if it is the final decision.

On January 5 2010, it was reported in the media that the final evaluation report by the Brazilian Air Force placed the SAAB Gripen NG ahead of the other contenders. The decisive factor was apparently the overall cost of the new fighters, both in terms of unit cost, and operating and maintenance costs.[16] Rafale reported not even be second choice.[17]

Other programs, however, were successfully completed and included the following (as of May 2007):

  • ALX (Light Attack Aircraft) Program - 99 Super Tucano aircraft. Being delivered.
  • F-5M Program - Upgrade of Northrop F-5 to F-5EM standard. Include new radar, avionics and weapons systems. Being delivered.
  • CL-X (Medium Transport Aircraft) - Replacement of DHC-5 Buffalo aircraft. 12 CASA C-295 aircraft acquired. Being delivered.
  • P-X (Maritime Patrol) Program- Replacement of EMB-111A aircraft for modernized P-3 airframes with EADS avionics. Being implemented.
  • Interim Mirage 2000C purchase. Delivered as June 2008.
  • Acquisition of presidential transport aircraft, known as FAB 001. An Airbus ACJ was bought and delivered in 2005.
  • Acquisition of 18 'Super Cougar'. VIP Transport and Military transport should be their primary function.
  • A-1M Program - Upgrade of the AMX International AMX in use in FAB. Include a new radar, HMD, new RWR, new FLIR, a new laser target designator, datalink, 3 MFCD and much more. Embraer announced that Elbit is going to develop the avionics to the A-1 through Aeroeletronica, Brazilian subsidiary of Elbit. The program is delayed and should be finished until 2014.
  • AT-27M and C-95M Programs - Upgrade of 60 AT-27 and 80 C-95. Few details published.

Pending programs:

  • CT-X (Light Transport Aircraft) Program- To replace the C-95 Bandeirante. CASA C-212-400 Aviocar is likely choice.
  • FX-2 Program, However septermber 7 of 2009, was announced that the Brazilian Government would buy the Dassault Rafale, however CIESP released an open letter that "the French fighter, if chosen, represents a defeat".[18]

2008 order:

Command structure

Brazilian Aeronautical Commission (BAC) office in Washington, D.C.

The Brazilian Air Force is the aerospace branch of the Brazilian armed forces and is managed by the "Aeronautics Command" (Comando da Aeronáutica - COMAer). The COMAer was created in 1999[19] and replaced the Ministry of Aeronautics. Now, the COMAer is one of the three armed forces assigned to the Ministry of Defense (Ministério da Defesa).

The COMAer is led by the "Aeronautics Commander" (Comandante da Aeronáutica). Unlike USAF, the Commander is a "Tenente-Brigadeiro-do-Ar" (the most senior rank used in the Air Force, which is essentially the same as a USAF four-star general). He is nominated by the President and reports directly to the Minister of Defense.

COMAer comprises six major components, four "General Commands" (Comandos-Gerais) and two "Departaments" (Departamentos). The "General Command of Air Operations" (Comando-Geral de Operações Aéreas - COMGAR), with headquarters in Brasilia, supervises most of the flying operations. As the main flying element, COMGAR administers several sub-formations in the form of four "Air Forces" (Forças Aéreas) and seven "Regional Air Commands" (Comandos Aéreos Regionais - COMAR).

Besides COMGAR, other major parallel organizations, which also report directly to the COMAer, are the "General Command of Support" (Comando-Geral de Apoio - COMGAP), "General Command of Personnel" (Comando-Geral de Pessoal - COMGEP), "General Command of Aerospatial Technology" (Comando-Geral de Tecnologia Aeroespacial - CTA), "Aeronautics Departament of Teaching" (Departamento de Ensino da Aeronáutica - DEPENS), "Departament of Civil Aviation" (Departamento de Aviação Civil - DAC) and "Departament of Airspace Control" (Departamento de Controle do Espaço Aéreo - DECEA).

Air units organization

Combat aircraft and training AT-26 Xavante.

At unit levels, "Groups" (Grupos) usually consist of one to sixteen consecutively-numbered "Squadrons" (Esquadrões), each with varying numbers of aircraft, usually from six to 12. Smaller formations are known as "Flights" (Esquadrilhas). According to its tasks, a group has one of the following designations:

A Tucano of the Esquadrilha da Fumaça lands after practice at RIAT 2008.
  • Air Defense Group: Grupo de Defesa Aérea (GDA): Air defense fighters. (Fighter Jets)
  • Transport Group: Grupo de Transporte (GT): Transport, Flight refueling
  • Aviation Group: Grupo de Aviação (GAv): Fighter, attack, reconnaissance, SAR, rotary wing
  • Fighter Aviation Group: Grupo de Aviação de Caça (GAvCa); Fighter, attack planes
  • Troop Transport Group: Grupo de Transporte de Tropas (GTT): Transports, troop carrying, parachutist drop
  • Special Flight Inspection Group: Grupo Especial de Inspeção em Vôo (GEIV): Calibration
  • Special Test Flights Group: Grupo Especial de Ensaios de Vôo (GEEV): Test flights
  • Special Transport Group: Grupo de Transporte Especial (GTE): VIP transport

Common used designations for squadrons are:

  • Air Transport Squadron: Esquadrão de Transporte Aéreo (ETA)
  • Air Training Squadron: Esquadrão de Instrução Aérea (EIA)
  • Demonstration flying team: Esquadrão de Demonstração Aérea (EDA) (also called "Esquadrilha da Fumaça")

The air units are organized as follows:

COMGAR sub-formation Air unit Aircraft type Air base
I FAe 1º/5º GAv C-95 Natal
2º/5º GAv A-29B Natal
1º/11º GAv UH-50 Natal
II FAe 1º/7º GAv P-95B,P-3AM Salvador
2º/7º GAv P-95B Florianópolis
3º/7º GAv P-95A Belém
4º/7º GAv P-95A Santa Cruz
1º/8º GAv UH-1H Belém
2º/8º GAv UH-50,Mi35M Recife (to Porto Velho)
3º/8º GAv H-34,UH-55 Afonsos
5º/8º GAv UH-1H Santa Maria
7º/8º GAv H-60 Manaus
2º/10º GAv UH-1H,SC-95B,SC105A Campo Grande
III FAe 1º/1º GAvCa F-5EM,AT-27 Santa Cruz
2º/1º GAvCa F-5EM,AT-27 Santa Cruz
1º GDA F-2000,AT-27 Anápolis
1º/3º GAv AT-27,A-29,A-29B Boa Vista
2º/3º GAv AT-27,A-29,A-29B Porto Velho
3º/3º GAv AT-27,A-29,A-29B Campo Grande
1º/4º GAv AT-26,AT-26A,F5EM,F5FM Fortaleza (to Manaus)
1º/6º GAv R-35A,R-95 Recife
2º/6º GAv R-99A/B,C-98 Anápolis
1º/10º GAv A-1,A-1B Santa Maria
3º/10º GAv RA-1,RA-1B Santa Maria
1º/14º GAv F-5EM,F-5FM,AT-27 Canoas
1º/16º GAv A-1,A-1B Santa Cruz
V FAe 1º GTT C-130H Afonsos
1º/1º GT C-130H/KC-130H Galeão
1º/2º GAv C-99 Galeão
2º/2º GAv KC-137 Galeão
1º/9º GAv C-105A Manaus
1º/15º GAv C-105A Campo Grande
I COMAR 1º ETA C-95B,C-98,C-97 Belém
II COMAR 2º ETA C-95,C-97 Recife
III COMAR 3º ETA C-95B,C-97 Galeão
IV COMAR 4º ETA C-95A,C-97 São Paulo
V COMAR 5º ETA C-95A,C-97 Canoas
VI COMAR 6º ETA C-95c, VU-9,VC-97 Brasília
VII COMAR 7º ETA C-97,C-98 Manaus

Other air units are:

Major component Air unit Aircraft type Air base
DECEA GEIV EC-95B/C,EU-93A Santos Dumont Airport
CTA GEEV A-1,XU-93,T-27,CH-55 São José dos Campos
DEPENS 1º EIA T-27 Pirassununga
DEPENS 2º EIA T-25A/C Pirassununga
DEPENS Clube de Vôo a Vela U-19,Z-15,Z-16,TZ-13 Pirassununga
DEPENS Support C-95A,UH-50,U-7 Pirassununga
Reporting direct to Air Force cabinet GTE VC-1A,VC-96,VC-99C,VH-34,VH-55,VH-35 Brasília
Reporting direct to Air Force cabinet EDA T-27 Pirassununga

The Air Force Bases of the Brazilian Air Force are:

Location State ICAO IATA Airport name
Anápolis Goiás SBAN Anápolis Air Force Base
Belém Pará SBBE Belém Air Force Base
Boa Vista Roraima SBBV Boa Vista Air Force Base
Brasília Federal District SBBR Brasília Air Force Base
Campo Grande Mato Grosso do Sul SBCG Campo Grande Air Force Base
Canoas Rio Grande do Sul SBCO Canoas Air Force Base
Florianópolis Santa Catarina SBFL Florianópolis Air Force Base
Fortaleza Ceará SBFZ Fortaleza Air Force Base
Manaus Amazonas SBMN PLL Manaus Air Force Base
Natal Rio Grande do Norte SBNT Natal Air Force Base
Porto Velho Rondônia SBPV Porto Velho Air Force Base
Recife Pernambuco SBRF Recife Air Force Base
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro SBGL GIG Galeão Air Force Base
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro SBSC SNZ Santa Cruz Air Force Base
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro SBAF Afonsos Air Force Base
Salvador Bahia SBSV Salvador Air Force Base
Santa Maria Rio Grande do Sul SBSM Santa Maria Air Force Base
Santos São Paulo SBST SSZ Santos Air Force Base
São Paulo São Paulo SBGR GRU São Paulo Air Force Base
Serra do Cachimbo Pará SBCC Brigadeir Velloso Test Site


C-130 Hercules Brazilian Air Force used in search for bodies and wreckage from the Airbus A330 of Air France Flight 447, at Recife.

A recent operation of the FAB was the bombing of illegal landing sites in the Amazon Forest, used by drug dealers to transport drugs into and out of Brazil (see SIVAM). The operation also had support from the Brazilian Army and Brazilian Federal Police with many drug dealers being arrested as a result. The AMX Bomber/Fighter was the primary plane used.

The FAB is currently working on the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) supporting the United Nations force (a joint Brazilian, Uruguayan ,Chilean and Argentine force) deployed there.

Also, the FAB is working on the Search & Rescue mission of Air France flight AF447. The Brazilian Air Force has started a search and rescue from the Brazilian archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, highlighting eight planes to search a stretch bounded by the coastal cities of Recife, Natal and the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha.


FAB is responsible for the aerospace vigilance and defence on program Sistema de Vigilância da Amazônia (Amazon Surveillance System).

Aircraft inventory

Main combat aircraft[20]
Mirage 2000 F-5EM AMX Total
Quantity 12 57 53 122

The FAB operates 743 aircraft, including 263 main combat aircraft and 95 helicopters.[20]

Aerospace vehicles

Name Origin Type Model Quantity[21] Notes Picture
Fighter Aircraft
AMX International AMX  Brazil /  Italy attack/reconnaissance
lead-in trainer
Modernization to 43 A-1M standard started by Embraer and Elbit. To be withdraw until 2025.
Italian Air Force AMX fighter.jpg
Dassault Mirage 2000  France interceptor
lead-in trainer
To be withdrawn from service by 2015 (Replacement by winner FX-2 program)
Mirage2000-5F 1-2 Cigognes.jpg
Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II  United States fighter
lead in trainer
F-5E/F - F-5EM/F-FM 20
Modernization to F-5M standard in progress. To be withdrawn by 2020
Mexican Air Force Northrop F-5 fighters.jpg
Trainer/Light Attack Aircraft
Atlas Impala  Italy /  South Africa attack/trainer AT-26A 11 Second hand from South Africa. To be withdrawn until 2011.
RAAF Macchi MB-326 No A7-047 1980.jpg
Embraer EMB 312 Tucano  Brazil trainer/light attack AT/T-27 109 60 to be upgraded for AT-27M
Smoke squadron lands in tucano arp.jpg
Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano  Brazil attack/advanced trainer A-29/29B 83 Total of 99 to be delivered
A-29 SuperTucano.JPG
Embraer EMB 326GB Xavante  Brazil /  Italy trainer/attack AT-26 20 Being withdrawn between 2010-2012
RAAF Macchi MB-326 No A7-047 1980.jpg
Transport Aircraft
Airbus A319  European Union VIP Transport VC-1A 1
Sao Paulo CGH 04 2006 01b.jpg
Boeing 737  United States VIP transport VC-96 (737-200) 2
Beechcraft King Air 90  United States staff transport Beech 90 1
C-GSYN Adlair Aviation Ltd Beechcraft King Air 100 (BE10) 03.JPG
Boeing KC-137 Stratoliner  United States tanker/transport KC-137 (707-320C) 4
Australian air force 707-368C (code A20-261) Perth Internatinal Airport Australia.jpg
British Aerospace BAe 125-400  United Kingdom Flight test XU-93 1 The last VU-93 version was phased out in jan/2007. Only one (FAB 2123) still flying with GEEV
EADS/CASA C-295  Spain transport SAR C-105A 12 Intend to order another 8 in 2009.
Casa c-295 c-105 riat2009 arp.jpg
Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante  Brazil
utility transport
aerial survey
maritime patrol
TOTAL C-95/P-95/R-95
C-95C (EMB 110P1K)
RC-95 (EMB 110B)
P-95A/B (EMB-111)
7º ETA retired C-95. 54 to be upgraded for C-95M
Exército salto 170606 REFON 1.JPG
Embraer EMB 120 Brasília  Brazil
VIP transport
VIP transport
C-97 (EMB 120)
VC-97 (EMB 120ER)
VC-97 (EMB 120RT)
Embraer EMB 121 Xingu  Brazil VIP transport VU-9 8
EMB-121 marine.JPG
Embraer ERJ 135BJ Legacy  Brazil VIP transport VC-99C 4
Embraer ERJ 145 family  Brazil transport/VIP transport
airborne early warning
remote sensing
C-99 (ERJ-145ER)
Embraer 190  Brazil VIP transport VC-2 2
Learjet 35  United States VIP transport
special mission
Learjet 55  United States VIP transport VU-55C 1
Lockheed C-130 Hercules  United States tactical transport
Some can be configured to KC standard
C-130 Hercules 2.jpg
Bell UH-1 Iroquois  United States utility helicopter UH-1H 33 To be withdraw until 2012. Replaced for EC-725BR and UH-60
Bell 206 JetRanger  United States utility helicopter H-4B (206B) 3
Chc bell 206.jpg
UH-60 Black Hawk  United States combat search and rescue H-60L 10[22] 10 more ordered, 04 in June 2009 and other 06 ordered in September 2009.
ÖBH BlackHawk Zams Boden2st.jpg
Eurocopter AS-332 Cougar  Brazil /  France
transport helicopter
VIP helicopter
CH-34 (AS-332M)
Bulgarian cougar.jpg
Eurocopter EC 135  Brazil /  France
VIP helicopter VH-35 (EC-135T2i) 2
Helibras HB-350B  Brazil /  France
utility helicopter H-50 25
Navy squirrel helicopter acrobatics display.jpg
Helibras HB-355  Brazil/  France
utility helicopter H-55 3
29.10.08 vôo SJC 036.jpg
Mi-35M  Russia Attack helicopter AH-2 Sabre 12 Ordered in December 2008. Deliveries start in 2009 and finish in 2010.[23]
Embraer EMB 210R Ipanema  Brazil utility U-19 4
Embraer EMB 810 Seneca II/III  Brazil utility U-7/7A (EMB 810C) 9
Piper PA-32 Cherokee  United States utility 1
Cessna 208 Caravan  United States utility C-98 (208A)
C-98B (208B)
1 lost in accident
Training Glider
Glasflügel H-201  Germany Training glider Z-15 1
Std libelle wl.jpg
IPAE Quero-Quero  Brazil Training glider to be retired in 2011 Z-16 5 1 lost in hangar accident
LET Blaník L-13/L-23/L-33 Blaník/Super Blaník/Solo  Czechoslovakia Training glider TZ-13 (L-13)
TZ-13 (L-23)
TZ-13 (L-33)
PSU Blanik.JPG
Neiva T-25 Universal  Brazil basic trainer T-25A/B/C 68
Schleicher ASW 20  Germany Training glider Z-20 1
Reconnaissance Aircraft
Lockheed P-3 Orion  United States maritime patrol P-3M/BR 1[22] 8 more on order
Embraer R-99  Brazil AEW R 99 5 E-99s
3 R-99s
Neiva Regente  Brazil liaison U-42 21 Being withdrawn
Future aircraft
Name Origin Type Model Quantity Notes Picture
Eurocopter EC 725  European Union /  Brazil Transport helicopter EC 725 18 (8 C-SAR+8 Transport Version+2 VIP) The Brazilian Government has announced that an Helibrás factory in Itajubá, Minas Gerais, will produce, initially, 50 units of EC 725. First units will be operational in 2010[24].
Embraer KC-390  Brazil Transport aircraft KC-390 3 + 22 3 KC-390 prototypes on order, expects 22 to 40 more.[25]
KC-390 concept 1.jpg
P-3 Orion  United States /  Spain Maritime patrol aircraft P-3AM 9 8+1(for training)+3 (for surplus)P-3AM(Upgraded). Integrated with the CASA FITS (Fully Integrated Tactical System), it will be used in Anti-submarine warfare.[26]
FX-2 Program: MDD F/A-18 Super Hornet/Saab Gripen NG/Dassault Rafale F3
Fighter aircraft ? 36-120 36 to be ordered, up to 120 to be manufactured in country by Embraer
Sukhoi PAK FA

Fighter aircraft N/A Brazil was recruited to participate in the development of the Sukhoi PAK FA for eventual induction into the Brazilian air force but as of 2009 it is unknown what the status of Brazils place in the program is.[27]
Unknown  Brazil Tanker aircraft 2 Acquisition of new aerial refueling aircraft (2013)
Airbus A310 MRTT.jpg


Type Product On order Origin Image QTD
Air to air missile MAA-1B "Piranha B" This new version of the Piranha, fits as a 4th generation missile with "off boresigh", about 90°, and an greater range of 50%  Brazil
Anti-ship missile MAN-1 It will be an anti-ship missile with a 60–80 km range.  Brazil
Air to air missile A-Darter 5° Generation Air to Air missile  Brazil/ South Africa
Denel missiles.jpg
Air to air missile Mectron MAA-1 Piranha Short range Air to Air missile  Brazil
Anti-radiation missile MAR-1 Brazilian anti-radiation missile (ARM)  Brazil
Mar antia radar.jpg
Air to air missile Derby Missile Beyond-visual-range (BVR) air-to-air missile  Israel
Air to air missile Python Python 3 and 4 Short range air-to-air missile  Israel
Guided bombs Elbit Lizard Laser Guided Bomb  Israel
Guided bombs SMKB-82/83 GPS Guided Bomb (known like AKAUAN)  Brazil
Rockets Avibras Skyfire 70 Rocket Air-to-Surface/Surface-to-Air  Brazil
Rockets SBAT-70 Rocket Air-to-Surface/Surface-to-Air  Brazil

The Brazilian Army also operates rotary-wing aircraft, while the Brazilian Navy operates both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.

See also


  1. ^ FAB em números Brazilian Air Force. Retrieved on 2009-02-01. (Portuguese)
  2. ^ Aeronautical -
  3. ^ Brazilian Air Force -
  4. ^,,EMI14440-15273,00.html
  5. ^ Sala de imprensa - FAB em números
  6. ^ INCAER, 1991 - História Geral da Aeronáutica vol. 3, Capítulo 1
  7. ^ a b
  8. ^ DA CUNHA, R. D. . Os Esquadrões da Fita Azul. Revista Força Aérea, Rio de Janeiro, p. 110 - 113, 01 jun. 1999.
  9. ^ a b
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^ [1]Aviation Week - Brazil Offered F-16s, Not F-35s
  13. ^ "Brazilian fighter programme ready to fly", Flight International, 3 April 2009.
  14. ^ "Negociações para compra de caça francês estão ‘muito avançadas’, diz Lula"
  15. ^ "Brasil confirma acordo para compra aviões militares da França"
  16. ^ "FAB prefere caça sueco a francês"
  17. ^ "Gripen favorit i Brasilien"
  18. ^ Brazil's F-X2 contest prompts further dispute
  19. ^ Lei complementar no97 de 9 de junho de 1999
  20. ^ a b,,EMI14439-15273-2,00-UMA+NOVA+AGENDA+MILITAR.html
  21. ^ Aviation Week & Space Technology 2009, 26 JAN 2009 240. Web.28 Aug 2009. <>.
  22. ^ a b Brazilian military aviation OrBat
  23. ^
  24. ^
  25. ^
  26. ^
  27. ^

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