A force facing the future

Brazil has ambitious plans to field the most powerful naval aviation arm in Latin America. However, as Santiago Rivas discovers, fiscal woes mean it is currently struggling with programmes to introduce new aircraft and systems and modernise older equipment.

Force Report Brazilian Naval Aviation

In happier times, AF-1 N-1013 (c/n 14566) flies close to its home base of São Pedro da Aldeia. The decision to withdraw the navy’s only aircraft carrier leaves a question mark over the future of Brazilian carrier-based aviation.
Cees-Jan van der Ende

Brazil has the longest coastline in Latin America, and the Amazon and Paraná Basins cover a considerable part of the country, which means the Marinha do Brasil (Brazilian Navy) has a huge area of responsibility.

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