Singapore Technologies Aerospace (ST Aero) is to participate as a consortium partner in the F-5 upgrade programme for the Brazilian air force.

The upgrade is led by Elbit Systems, and also includes Embraer, a radar manufacturer and an electronics warfare systems supplier. The consortium has recently entered final contract negotiations with the Brazilian defence ministry.

The 48-aircraft upgrade programme will be worth $200-250 million, depending on the equipment configuration selected. Final workshare details are still to be agreed, although ST Aero says that it will have a share of up to 20% of the programme.

The Singaporean company will participate in systems engineering, software development, installation design and the supply of installation kits.

Last year, a consortium consisting of Israel Aircraft Industries, Elbit and ST Aero was selected to upgrade a fleet of F-5s for the Turkish air force.

Source: Flight International