Jaguars, Tigers & Vipers – Asia’s fighter upgrade programmes

Fighter salesmen from east and west have long considered Asia to be a fast- growing market, but there are also significant upgrade opportunities to be had in the region.

The Royal Thai Air Force is seeking funding to upgrade an additional four F-5 Tiger IIs.
Chen Chuanren

Countries across Asia are looking to increase the capabilities of some of their old (and not so old) platforms and therefore either deferring or avoiding altogether, expensive fleet recapitalisation programmes.

In the past few weeks, capability upgrade programmes in India, Indonesia, Taiwan and Thailand have either been announced, or have reached significant milestones in their development, involving Jaguars, Tigers and F-16s.

AESA Jaguar

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) flew the first Jaguar attack aircraft to be upgraded with an Israeli Elta EL/M- 2052 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar on August 10, as part of India’s long-running Jaguar Display Attack Ranging Inertial Navigation III (DARIN III) programme. \

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