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Brazilian Air Force

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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.

According to the Flight International and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Brazilian Air Force has an active strength of 70,710 military personnel and operates around 758 aircraft. The Brazilian Air Force is the largest air force in the Southern hemisphere and the fifth in the Americas after the United States Air Force, United States Navy, United States Army and the United States Marines Corps.

List of Aircraft of the Brazilian Air Force[edit]


  • AMX International AMX A-1 x 80 (Strike Fighter)
  • Dassault Rafale C x 120 (Multirole Fighter)

Reconnaissance Aircraft[edit]

  • Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante x 103 (Multirole Aircraft)
  • Learjet R-35 x 6 (Reconnaissance)
  • Embraer R-99 x 18 (AWACS, ELINT)

Transport and Utility Aircraft[edit]

  • Airbus VC-1 x 2 (Presidential Transport)
  • Embraer VC-2 x 2 (Presidential Transport)
  • Embraer U-7 Seneca x 26 (Utility Aircraft)
  • Embraer G-19 Ipanema x 4 (Towing Target)
  • Embraer C-97 Brasilia x 14 (Utility Aircraft, VIP Transport)
  • Cessna C-98 Caravan x 30 (Utility Aircraft)
  • Embraer C-99 x 14 (Utility Aircraft, Presidential Transport)
  • CASA C-105 x 16 (Transport Aircraft, SAR Aircraft)
  • Boeing KC-137 Stratoliner x 12 (Aerial Tanker)
  • Lockheed C-130E/H Hercules x 26 (4 x KC-130H, 6 x SC-130E, 16 x C-130E/H) (Aerial Tanker, SAR Aircraft, Transport Aircraft)

Trainer Aircraft[edit]

  • Neiva T-25 Universal x 83
  • Embraer T-27 Tucano x 105
  • Embraer A-29 Super Tucano x 100


  • Bell 205 x 3 (Utility Helicopter)
  • Bell 206 x 1 (Utility Helicopter)
  • Bell UH-1H Iroquois x 26 (Utility Helicopter)
  • Eurocopter EC.135 x 5 (VIP Transport)
  • Eurocopter AS.332 Super Puma x 12 (Transport Helicopter)
  • Eurocopter EC.725 x 20 (Utility Helicopter, VIP Transport)
  • Helibrass HB-335 x 6 (Utility Helicopter)
  • Mil Mi-35 x 18 (Attack Helicopter)
  • Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawk x 32 (Search and Rescue Helicopter)


  • Elbit Systems RQ-450 Hermes x 10
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