US training provider receives five-year F-5E/F Tiger II block upgrade deal
US-based Tactical Air Support has obtained a $265.3 million IDIQ contract from the Naval Air Warfare Aviation Division to upgrade 22 ex-Swiss Air Force F-5E/F Tiger II fighter aircraft to the N+/F+ configuration for USMC and USN pilot training.
Specifically, the new contract (revealed on 1 July by the DoD) covers engineering, inspection, modification, and block upgrade efforts for 16 F-5E and six F-5F Tiger IIs.
‘Additionally, this contract procures eight block upgrade retrofits to existing [Tactical Air Support] fleet aircraft,’ the DoD added.
Tactical Air Support operates the F-5 for aggressor/adversary support and fighter lead-in training. It will execute the latest contract at 19 US locations and Emmen Air Base in Switzerland, for completion by June 2027.
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