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IAI’s $150M EL/M-2032 Radar Contract Mystery

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EL/M-2032(click to view full) In February 2012, IAI revealed that it has secured a $150 million contract for its EL/M-2032 fighter radar, from an unnamed customer. A Globes report places the customer within Asia. The EL/M-2032 can be delivered in different sizes, and equips a number of different aircraft. It has been fitted to F-16s, including Israel’s own fleet. It has also been used to upgrade V/STOL Sea Harriers, F-5E/F Tiger light fighters, and F-4 Phantom, Kfir C10s, and Jaguar strike fighters around the world; and was recently picked for South Korea’s TA-50 and India Tejas lightweight fighters. So the question is, who’s the customer? RSAF F-16D Block 52(click to view full) All guesses are based on probabilities and deduction. Singapore is a prominent Asian IAI customer, but their F-16 fleet has divested or retired its early-model aircraft, leaving it with around 60 F-16C/D Block 52s whose APG-68v2 radars aren’t likely to be switched for the M-2032. Singapore already operates AESA radars on its F-15SG Strike Eagles, and is expected to opt for that level of radar technology in any retrofit. Thailand operates F-16A/Bs, including some ex-Singaporean aircraft, and its F-5T Tigris already carries the EL/M-2032. On the other hand, […]

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