Brazil’s F-5 fighters would have become the most advanced fighters in the world, says the prestigious US website

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Last week we followed the information that the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer ended the modernization program of 49 F-5 fighters of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and delivered the last specimen on Wednesday October 14th.

Image: Brazilian Air Force

Now, after the impact of the changes Embraer made to the FAB fighters that gave them 15 years of operational survival, so they will remain active until they are replaced by the SAAB F-39E Gripen from 2025, the prestigious North American website The Drive In its War Zone specialty division, an interesting observation is made that the modernized jets would have become the most advanced F-5s in the world.

According to the portal, Brazilian efforts, led by Embraer, have produced likely the most powerful F-5s ever seen, although there have been several modernization programs for the “Tiger II” throughout its history, which began in 1972.

The improved aircraft, called the F5-M, left the Gavião Peixoto factory with a number of advanced custom avionics.

At the center of this package is a Leonardo Grifo F-Radar, an advanced mechanical scanning pulse Doppler radar with multi-target function, as well as a data link developed in-house by Embraer, which enables the exchange of information with other F5-M contained in it.

The jets also have a revised cockpit and new avionics, including inertial / GPS navigation, three liquid crystal displays, a new head-up display (HUD) and the “Hands-on Throttle and Stick” (HOTAS) control concept. Here the pilot can do everything without taking his hands off the joystick and the power control.

According to The Drive, the new glass cockpit is also compatible with night vision goggles (UFOs). The pilot has a helmet-mounted Elbit / AEL Targo screen that can be used to visualize and align targets outside the panel.

Image: Embraer

New self-protection systems include chaff / torch launchers, a new radar and wired alarm receiver for use with Rafael’s Sky Shield electronic war shield.

A fixed refueling probe is now installed as standard, allowing the range of hunters to be extended through air-to-air refueling, including the new Embraer KC-390.

In terms of weapons, the F-5M can deploy the Israel-made Rafael Derby (BVRAAM) air-to-air missile and the Python 4 and 5 short-range infrared guided AAMs from the same company. A single 20mm Pontiac M39A2 cannon was retained in the nose of single-seated jets.

The fighter can also be armed with laser-guided bombs for air-to-ground missions. Weapon tests were also carried out on a long-range cruise missile, the MICLA-BR, which was carried under the fuselage of the F-5.

With all of this, The Drive underscores that not only may the FAB jets have become the most advanced F-5 in the world, but that the Brazilian aerospace industry has gained valuable experience with cutting-edge fighter jet technology that has happened and continues to do so The partnership with SAAB happened as part of the Gripen NG project.

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