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Marine F-5 Aggressors Becoming Far More Threatening Via “Red Net” Data Link Upgrade

The USMC’s small fleet of a dozen F-5N/F aggressor aircraft flown by VMFT-401 “Snipers” out of MCAS Yuma are receiving a major upgrade in capability. A so-called “Red Net” tactical and situational awareness data link system is being installed on the jets. The system uses a commercially available tablet-kneeboard display, which is significantly more flexible and cost-effective than integrating a data-link display into the F-5N/F’s cockpit avionics, which are largely made up of “steam” gauges along with a recently upgraded radar and navigational display.

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