Brazilian Air Force

Brazil's first A330-243 inducted into operational service

A ceremony was held at Galeão Air Base, Rio de Janeiro, on July 26 to formally induct the first Airbus A330-243 into Brazilian Air Force service

Brazilian A-29s force down aircraft carrying 663kg of drugs

A small, twin-engined aircraft carrying roughly 663kg of cocaine base paste was successfully intercepted by two Brazilian Air Force-operated Embraer A-29A/B Super Tucano light attack aircraft after it entered Brazilian airspace without authorisation on July 3

Brazil acquires two additional RQ-900 UAVs

The Brazilian Air Force is set to grow its fleet of RQ-900 (Hermes 900) MALE UAVs by two aircraft, following the signing of an acquisition contract with AEL Sistemas – a Brazil-based subsidiary of Elbit Systems

Gripen E deliveries to Brazil and Sweden begin

Saab has begun deliveries of the series production Gripen E with hand-over of the first six aircraft, comprising four to the Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB – Brazilian Air Force) and two to the Swedish Air Force.

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Brazilian A-29s shoot down drug smuggling plane following airspace intrusion

Brazilian Air Force-operated Embraer A-29A/B Super Tucanos intercepted and shot down an unresponsive light aircraft in the northern area of Mato Grosso on September 7

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Brazilian KC-390 delivers aid to Haiti following deadly earthquake

A Brazilian Air Force-operated Embraer KC-390 Millennium tactical tanker-transport has delivered humanitarian aid to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after the Caribbean nation was hit by a deadly 7.2 magnitude earthquake on August 14

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Brazil celebrates ten years of P-3AM Orion operations

The Brazilian Air Force celebrated ten years of operations with the Lockheed P-3AM Orion maritime patrol aircraft on July 30

Sikorsky to sustain Brazilian Black Hawks

Sikorsky has received a four-year contract from the Brazilian Air Force to provide logistics support for the service’s 16 UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters

Brazil to cut back KC-390 order

Brazil has announced it will reduce its Embraer KC-390 Millennium order in light of new budget restrictions brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic, which have led to cutbacks on resources allocated to the defence sector

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ANALYSIS: The current structure of the Brazilian Air Force

As the Brazilian Air Force celebrates its 80th anniversary, we provide an in-depth overview, detailing the structure of South America's largest air arm