Thailand shows off upgraded F-5TH fighters
A modernised version of the venerable Northrop F-5 has made its debut at this year’s Singapore show, with the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) displaying a pair of aircraft upgraded to the new TH standard.
The F-5TH was commissioned into Thai service in late 2019 and are operated by the service’s 211 Sqn from Ubon air base, located near the Cambodian border in the east of the country.
https://www.flightglobal.com/singapore- ... 65.article
The upgrades to the F-5TH are quite impressive,
A new GRIFO AESA radar reportedly using GaN T/R modules and allowing use of the Derby BVR missile, a DASH helmet that can cue the HOBS IRST and Python 4, a jamming pod and upgraded glass cockpit. The twin seat version loses both 20mm cannons while the single seat retains one of them. A key upgrade is the addition of the Link-T data link that is common with the thai Gripen and Saab 340 AEW&C.
Thailand are planning to upgrade a total of fourteen aircraft and keep them in service into the 2030s although Janes says 14 while Flightglobal says ten. The overall upgrade is expected to cost approximately US$100 million, so just over 7 million each if it is 14. The work was conducted in Thailand.
Long live the F-5!!!