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F-5A Freedom Fighter  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1962
Total Production: 2,500
Also Known As: F-20 Tigershark, F-5B, F-5E Tiger II, F-5EM, F-5F, F-5FM, F-5G, F-5M, F-5N, RF-5A and RF-5E Tigereye
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Northrop Grumman
Parent System: F-5 Freedom Fighter
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1961
Total Production: 3,700
Family Members: T-38 Talon
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Description: F-5 Freedom Fighter is a twin-engine, supersonic combat aircraft intended for ground attack missions. It is powered by two General Electric J85 turbojet engines rated at 4,000+ pounds with afterburning. The J85 engines for the F-5E/F models are rated at 5,000+ pounds of thrust. F-5A Freedom Fighter and F-5B two-seat trainer were provided as a modern low-cost combat aircraft for European and Asian US allies under Military Assistance Program (MAP). More than 1,200 F-5A/Bs were produced under MAP.

F-5E/F Tiger II is an improved version of F-5A/B introduced in 1974 with over 1,300 aircraft coming off the production line. It features improved engines and avionics. F-5G or F-20 Tigershark was a further development of F-5 equipped with APG-66 radar and F404 engines which was ultimately cancelled.

In the 2000s Embraer was carrying out the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) F-5BR/F-5M modernization program which will see 46 surviving F-5E/F aircraft turned into F-5EM (single-seater) and F-5FM (two-seater) ensuring another 15 years of operational availability. The F-5M aircraft is a the most sophisticated version of the F-5 aircraft produced so far and a truly all weather, day and night multi-role aircraft capable of exchanging data securely with the R-99 A early warning aircraft and ground control stations. Externally, the new aircraft highlights a larger nose cone that accommodates the new and bigger radar antenna.

The upgraded F-5Ms feature a new avionics package covering INS/GPS-based navigation, armaments, aiming and self-defense systems; HOTAS (Hands On Throttle and Stick); LCD displays; Helmet Mounted Displays (HMDs); Radar Warning Receiver (RWR); encrypted radio communications; cockpit lighting systems compatible with nigh vision goggles; On-Board Oxygen Generation System (OBOGS); new computers; and new multi-mode long-range air-to-air and air-to-ground radar. These aircraft are undergoing structural improvements and their armaments are standardized with other FAB weaponry.

F-5A Freedom Fighter Applications

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F-5A Freedom Fighter Specifications

Crew: 1
Number of Engines: 2
Height: 4 meter (13.1 foot)
Length: 14.4 meter (47 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 20 millimeter
Wingspan: 7.70 meter (25.3 foot)
Ceiling: 15,400 meter (50,525 foot)
Max Range: 2,230 kilometer (1,204 nautical mile)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 532 mps (1,916 kph)
Empty Weight: 3,700 kilogram (8,157 pound)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 8,160 pound (3,701 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 9,400 kilogram (20,723 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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F-5A Freedom Fighter News

There are 24 news between
2 Sep 2005 and 24 May 2019
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Friday, May 24, 2019FMS: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Requests Aircraft Follow-on Support and Services
FMS: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Wants Aircraft Follow-on Support and Services
Monday, September 24, 2018FMS: Taiwan Requests Spare Parts for F-16, IDF, C-130 and F-5 Aircraft
Thursday, June 21, 2018Thailand Orders Another Batch of IRIS-T Air-to-Air Missiles
Monday, August 1, 2016South Korea KF-X Fighter Jet to Sport Technology from F-35A Stealth Fighter
Tuesday, May 31, 2016South Korea's KF-X Multirole Fighter Jet to Be Powered by F414-GE-400 Engine
Saturday, February 13, 2016Indonesia Set to Buy 10 Su-35 Jets from Russia
Thursday, February 5, 2015Indonesian Air Force May Purchase Su-35S Fighter Aircraft
Thursday, September 19, 2013FMS: Tunisia Requests F-5A Avionics Upgrade
Tuesday, June 19, 2012Brazilian Air Force AMX A-1M Jet Achieves First Flight

Operators & Related Equipment

20116050-60 aircraft
Replaced by Su-35 jets
South Korea?
Used for training and upgraded to F-5M standard
201819F-5BM trainers

Grand Total 1635
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