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US training provider receives five-year F-5E/F Tiger II block upgrade deal

5th July 2022 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Tactical Air Support operates a fleet of Tiger aircraft to support pilot training for the USMC and USN. (Photo: Tactical Air Support)

Five-year IDIQ contract includes the conversion of 22 ex-Swiss Tiger II aircraft and a block upgrade of eight existing aircraft in the Tactical Air Support fleet.

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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