The Brazilian air force has dropped the Elta EL/MH 2032 radar for the planned avionics upgrade of its Northrop F-5E/F fighter.

In its place, the air force has selected the Italian-developed Fiar Grifo-X multi-mode radar.

Although no reasons have officially been given for the abrupt change of heart in dropping the Israeli system, it is understood that the Grifo-X radar better matched the Brazilian air force's technical and cost requirements.

Last year, selection of the Elta radar had become embroiled in a local controversy over cost, development schedules and operational performance issues.

Embraer is the prime contractor for a programme which envisages upgrading the 48 F-5E/Fs that equip three Brazilian air force air defence/interdiction units. Elbit will continue as the systems integrator on the project.

The first aircraft is scheduled to arrive at Saõ José dos Campos later this year. Another variant of the Grifo radar has already been used in a Singapore air force F-5 upgrade in which Elbit was involved.

Source: Flight International