Italian manufacturers Aeritalia and Aermacchi, and Brazilian firm Embraer, teamed up to form the AMX International consortium that produced the AMX attack aircraft. It first flew in 1984 and entered service with both the Brazilian and Italian air forces five years later. Italy has regularly employed its AMX fleet on deployed operations, and continues to make use of the type's reconnaissance and close air support capabilities over Afghanistan. There is also a two-seat conversion trainer variant. Italy has recently re-designated the aircraft as the A-11, in the case of the single-seaters, and TA-11 for the two-seaters. The Brazilian Air Force knows the AMX as the A-1.
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