Friday, April 30, 2010

F-5 Fighters Redeployed to Southern Base


A squadron of F-5 Tiger III jets has moved to the Chabunco air base near Punta Arenas. The jets had been stationed in Antofagasta from the time they were acquired from the U.S. in 1975. The F-5s replace a squadron of aged A-37 aircraft at Chabunco that was retired. The F-5s have received a number of upgrades, including digital displays and refueling booms. They also use the Elbit DASH system, which enables pilots to aim missiles just by pointing their helmets.

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