Air Platforms

Thailand to modernise ageing F-5 and Alpha Jet fleets

14 November 2019

The Royal Thai Air Force is to upgrade its fleets of Northrop F-5 and Dornier Alpha Jet aircraft under plans announced by an official on 14 November.

Speaking under the Chatham House Rule, the official said that the F-5s that were first received in 1980 will be modernised with updated avionics and a structural upgrade to give them another 15 years of operational service. The Alpha Jets, 16 of which were received second-hand from Germany in 2000, will receive new avionics only.

As the official explained the F-5 effort will include a radar “that can see beyond 40 miles” and a beyond visual-range missile.

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