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RUAG and Tactical Air Support Sign F-5 Maintenance Contract

Issue 115 - August 2022

The U.S. Navy has awarded an F-5 modernization contract to U.S. company Tactical Air. RUAG will take on maintenance work on 22 F-5 aircraft and their engines as a subcontractor. The project is a comprehensive modification program and includes, among other things, a cockpit and radar upgrade developed by our partner Tactical Air. The contract also includes various maintenance tasks on F-5 aircraft and their engines. For this purpose, the U.S. Navy awarded a corresponding contract to Tactical Air in early July. As a subcontractor to Tactical Air, RUAG will be responsible for specific MRO services on 22 F-5 airframes as well as for the overhaul of 44 J-85 engines. The U.S. Navy acquired the aircraft from the Swiss Air Force just over two years ago. 

"This contract marks an important milestone for RUAG: it gives us the ability to preserve our unique competence with regard to the F-5, which is vital to our core business, thus allowing us to make our contribution to sovereign security for Switzerland. It also strengthens our position on the international market," emphasized Thomas Kipfer, Senior Vice President of the Air Business Area.