AMX A-1A

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This page is about the Brazilian jet fighter-bomber AMX A-1A. For other versions, see AMX (Family).
AMX A-1A
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AMX A-1A
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Description

The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) needed a replacement for the obsolete AT-26 Xavante light attack and training aircraft. In 1981, after extensive negotiations between the countries, the Brazilian company Embraer was invited to take part in the Italian project of the AMX, resulting in the AMX-International consortium. The project was split into three companies: 46.7% for Aeritalia (including the central fuselage), 23.6% for Aermacchi (which included the front fuselage), and 29.7% for Embraer (including the wings, landing gear, and disposable fuel tanks). The first prototype of the AMX first flew on 15 May 1984. The Brazilians decided to use two 30 mm DEFA cannons as primary armament instead of a 20 mm minigun. The AMX entered service with the FAB in 1989 and was upgraded to the A-1M standard in 2013, almost the same version as the Italian AMX A-11A ACOL.

Introduced in Update "Seek & Destroy", the AMX A-1A Ghibli is pre-upgrade to the A-1M standard. Compared to the Italian A-11A, the AMX A-1A has different armaments as primary weapons with two powerful 30 mm DEFA cannons, air-to-air missiles such as the MAA-1 Piranha, and other kinds of rockets and bombs. The AMX A-1A is a perfect vehicle for CAS in ground RB with its guided bombs, capable of making easy work of enemy tanks.

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 0 m1 152 km/h
Turn time31 s
Max altitude12 500 m
EngineRolls-Royce Spey 807
TypeJet
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight13 t

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at _,___ m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
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Take-off run
(metres)
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Stock ___ ___ 12500 __._ __._ __._ __._ ___
Upgraded ___ ___ __._ __._ __._ __._

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1,180 447 850 793 500 ~__ ~__
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 650 < 650 < 650 -

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Rolls-Royce Spey 807 1 6,807 kg 417 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Gross
Weight
Weight (each) Type 10m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 34m fuel
1,856 kg Low-bypass turbofan 7,644 kg 8,447 kg 9,269 kg 9,597 kg 13,477 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)
Condition 100% WEP 10m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 34m fuel MGW
Stationary 4,719 kgf - 0.62 0.56 0.51 0.49 0.35
Optimal 5,120 kgf
(1,000 - 1,180 km/h)
- 0.67 0.61 0.55 0.53 0.38

Survivability and armour

Flares/Chaff
Aircraft countermeasures to distract IR and radar-guided missiles and also AA radar
Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear447 km/h

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB2 441 Sl icon.png
RB6 249 Sl icon.png
SB7 210 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 350 000 Sl icon.png
Aces3 000 Ge icon.png
Research Aces2 280 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 80 / 310 / 600 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 238 / 238 / 238 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Compressor
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New boosters
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Wings repair
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Engine
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Fuselage repair
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Airframe
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Cover
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Flares/Chaff
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LITENING II
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aden_belt_pack
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BINC-300
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G-suit
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Lizard
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BAFG-230
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Skyfire-70
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NVD
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BAFG-460
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EFS
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BAFG-920

Armaments

Ballistic Computer
CCIP (Guns) CCIP (Rockets) CCIP (Bombs) CCRP (Bombs) EEGS
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Offensive armament

Main article: DEFA 554 (30 mm)

The AMX A-1A is armed with:

  • 2 x 30 mm DEFA 554 cannons, nose-mounted (150 rpg = 300 total)
  • 120 x countermeasures

Suspended armament

The AMX A-1A can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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230 kg BAFG-230 bombs 1 1, 2 1, 2 1, 2 1
230 kg BFA-230/2 bombs 1 1, 2 1, 2 1, 2 1
460 kg BAFG-460 bombs 1 1 1, 2 1 1
460 kg BFA-460/2 bombs 1 1 1, 2 1 1
500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs 1 1, 2 1, 2 1, 2 1
500 lb Mk 82 Snakeye bombs 1 1, 2 1, 2 1, 2 1
920 kg BAFG-920 bombs 1 1 1
1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs 1 1 1, 2 1 1
BA-FG-230-Lizard-2 bombs 1* 1, 2 * 1, 2 * 1*
BINC-300 incendiary bombs 1 1, 2 1, 2 1, 2 1
Skyfire-70 AC/AP rockets 7, 19 7, 14, 19, 38 7, 14, 19, 38 7, 19
MAA-1 Piranha missiles 1 1
LITENING II targeting pod 1*
580 l drop tanks 1 1
Maximum permissible weight imbalance: 1,500 kg
* LITENING pod must be equipped when equipping guided bombs
Default weapon presets
  • 2 x 580 l drop tanks
  • 2 x MAA-1 Piranha missiles
  • 42 x Skyfire-70 AC/AP rockets
  • 114 x Skyfire-70 AC/AP rockets
  • 5 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (2,500 lb total)
  • 8 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (4,000 lb total)
  • 8 x 500 lb Mk 82 Snakeye bombs (4,000 lb total)
  • 6 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs (6,000 lb total)
  • 8 x 230 kg BAFG-230 bombs (1,840 kg total)
  • 6 x 460 kg BAFG-460 bombs (2,760 kg total)
  • 8 x 230 kg BFA-230/2 bombs (1,840 kg total)
  • 6 x 460 kg BFA-460/2 bombs (2,760 kg total)
  • 3 x 920 kg BAFG-920 bombs (2,760 kg total)
  • 6 x BA-FG-230-Lizard-2 bombs (3,043 lb total)
  • 8 x BINC-300 incendiary bombs

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Powerful anti-air missile MAA-1
  • Guided bombs
  • Powerful 30mm DEFAs
  • LITENING can lock onto planes, providing advanced gun aim assist against aircraft (generally a feature only expected of a 11.0+ plane with a radar)

Cons:

  • No Afterburner
  • No Supersonic
  • Can rip the wings when having too much G-overload during a turn

History

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Devblog

During the late 1970s, the Italian Air Force specified a set of requirements for a new aircraft to replace the outdated G.91 and F-104 in their respective roles of ground attack and aerial reconnaissance. Aeritalia and Aermacchi entered a joint venture to develop the new aircraft, with work on the project commencing in 1978. By 1980, Brazil was also looking into modernizing their strike aircraft fleet and thus expressed interest in joining the development of the new aircraft. After agreeing on the requirements in 1981, Embraer joined the consortium, subsequently named AMX International.

Focusing on designing a light and cost-efficient strike aircraft, development of the new aircraft progressed quickly. The first prototype of the aircraft flew in 1984 and following a successful test period, the AMX entered production in 1988. Due to the shared development effort, the Italian and Brazilian variants of the aircraft only differ in minor aspects. After entering service, Italian AMX aircraft participated in operations during the Balkan Wars of the 1990s and Libya in 2011 where the type distinguished itself in combat. The AMX is still in active service Brazilian air forces to this day, while in Italy they were just retired in 2024.

Media

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See also

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

External links


AMX International Ltd.
Jet Aircraft  AMX · AMX A-1A
Note  AMX International is an joint-venture to develop, manufacture and market the AMX aircraft and is unrelated to the Tank Manufacturer AMX

Italy jet aircraft
Aerfer  Sagittario 2 · Ariete
Fiat  G.91 pre-serie · G.91 R/1 · G.91 R/4 (Portugal) · G.91 Y · G.91 YS
AMX International  AMX · AMX A-1A (Brazil)
Panavia  Tornado ADV · ▄Tornado IDS (1995)
  Foreign:
Vampire  Vampire FB 52A
F-84  ▄F-84F · ▄F-84G-21-RE
F-86  CL-13 Mk.4 · ▄F-86K
F-104  ▄F-104G · F-104S · ▄F-104S TAF (Turkey) · F-104S.ASA
F-16  ▄F-16A ADF
AV-8  ▄AV-8B Plus
Hungary 
Mikoyan-Gurevich  ◔MiG-15bis · ◔MiG-17PF · ◔MiG-21MF · ◔MiG-21bis-SAU · ◔MiG-23MF · ◔MiG-29
Ilyushin  ◔IL-28
Sukhoi  ◔Su-22M3
Saab  ◔JAS39EBS HU C

Italy premium aircraft
Fighters  CR.32 bis · Marcolin's C.R.42 CN · He 112 B-1/U2 · Re.2001 gruppo 22
  C. 202D · IAR-81C · ▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop · ◐Bf 109 F-4 · ◐Bf 109 G-2 · G.55S
Jet fighters  Ariete · G.91 R/4 · ▄F-104S TAF
Strike aircraft  ◐Bf 110 G-4 · Hs 129 B-2 (Romania) · Ro.57 Quadriarma
  AMX A-1A