ANALYSIS: The current structure of the Brazilian Air Force

As the Brazilian Air Force celebrates its 80th anniversary, Rudnei Dias da Cunha provides an in-depth overview, detailing the structure of South America's largest air arm.

Brazil, the biggest country in South America is renowned for its flamboyance. It might be viewed as the party capital of the world, but behind the fun-loving character, its military has the serious business of protecting the nation’s integrity. The Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira, FAB), which turned 80 on January 20, plays a major part in that.

F-39E Gripen over Rio de Janeiro [Brazilian Air Force]
The FAB has 36 Saab Jas 39E/F on order. The has been delivered for flight testing and the next four for the first operational unit 1º GDA at BA Anapolis are expected by the end of the year. FAB (Brazilian Air Force)


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