Elbit to upgrade F-5 aircraft fleet of undisclosed Asia-Pacific country
Elbit Systems has secured a contract to upgrade the F-5 aircraft fleet of an undisclosed country in the Asia-Pacific region.
The $93m contract requires the company to equip the aircraft with head-up displays (HUDs), an advanced cockpit, radars, weapon delivery and navigation systems, as well as DASH IV head-mounted systems.
Upgradation works under the contract will be carried out over a period of three years.
Elbit Systems Aerospace Division general manager Yoram Shmuely said: "We have witnessed a growing demand for similar upgrades, and we trust that further customers will follow, benefiting from a mature aircraft upgraded with the most advanced technology in the market."
Built by Northrop Grumman, F-5 Tiger is a supersonic fighter aircraft with advanced aerodynamic design, engine performance and low operating costs.
More than 2,600 F-5s have been built by Northrop Grumman so far under co-production and licensing agreements with Canada, the Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Spain, and Switzerland.
Nearly two-thirds of the original production F-5s are operational in 26 countries, including the US, Northrop stated.
Elbit Systems performs fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter upgrade programmes, by integrating advanced weapons, communications, navigation, electro-optical, and electronic warfare (EW) systems to provide the advanced net-centric capabilities vital for fast-paced missions.
Image: An F-5 preparing to take off. Photo: courtesy of Luhai Wong via Wikipedia.