Brazil to upgrade more F-5 fighters

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AEL Sistemas has received a follow-on contract from Embraer Defense and Security to support the upgrade of 11 more Northrop F-5s for the Brazilian air force.

An Elbit Systems subsidiary, AEL will provide the modified aircraft's radar, mission computer, displays, weapons management system and electronic warfare equipment under the $85 million deal, with work to conclude in 2013. It will also deliver one flight simulator, spare parts and ground support equipment.

The new award follows earlier contracts secured from Embraer in 2001 and 2007 linked to the F-5 modernisation programme.

 
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"AEL has become a centre of excellence for avionics and the follow-on award attests to the customer's satisfaction with our performance track record," says Elbit chief executive Joseph Ackerman.