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AMX (Italy, Brazil)
The AMX is a fighter jet developed by Italy and Brazil. The AMX is in use by the Italian Air Force (136 aircraft since 1989), the Brazilian Air Force (94 aircraft since 1990) and the Air Force of Venezuela.
The AMX project was established in Italy to fill the requirement of the Italian Air force. They wanted aa new combat aircraft for ground attacks. In 1982, Brazil joint the project. The project was done by 3 companies: Italy with Alenia Aeronautica (46.5%) and Aermacchi (23.8%) and Brazil with Embraer (29.7%).
The Italian Air Force has an inventory of 110 AMX combat aircraft. These are equipped with systems like: a fly-by-wire control, a head-up display, GPS and they can drop laser guided bombs.
At the end of 2009, four AMX jets were send to Afghanistan to support the ISAF operation.
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