Elbit Systems has won a $93 million contract from an undisclosed customer in the Asia-Pacific region for the upgrade of its Northrop F-5 fighters.

To be conducted over a three-year period, the modification will see the Israeli firm install a number of systems to the legacy type.

These include head-up displays, modernised avionics, and updated radar and weapons systems.

Flight Fleets Analyzer lists South Korea as operating the largest F-5 fleet in the region, with 134 examples in service, followed by Thailand (34) and Indonesia (9).

Yoram Shmuely, general manager of Elbit Systems' aerospace division, says: “We are proud to have been selected to perform this upgrade program, building on our vast know-how and experience in F-5 modernisation projects."

In 2004 Elbit Systems was awarded an $85 million contract from an undisclosed Asian customer, widely believed to be the Royal Thai Air Force, for avionics upgrades of its F-5s.

Source: FlightGlobal.com