An unnamed Asian country has awarded Elbit Systems contracts worth approximately $85 million to perform an avionics upgrade on its air force fleet of Northrop F-5 fighters.

The work also includes installation of new communications equipment andelectro-optical sensors andwill be conducted over a three-year period, the Israeli company adds.

"We are proud to have been selected to perform this aircraft upgrade programme, building on our vast know-how and experience in F-5 avionics modernisation projects," Elbit chief executiveBezhalel Machlis says.

"We have witnessed a growing demand for upgrades of this nature, and we trust that further customers will follow, benefiting from a mature aircraft upgraded with market-leading technologies," he adds.

Flightglobal's MiliCAS database records six air forces in the Asia-Pacific region as operating a combined total of 333 F-5s. Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand operate the type.

Source: Flight International