Monday 14 December 2009


The F-20 Tigershark (initially F-5G) was a privately financed light fighter, designed and built by Northrop. Its development began in 1975 as a further evolution of Northrop's F-5E Tiger II, featuring a new engine that greatly improved overall performance, and a modern avionics suite including a powerful and flexible radar. Compared with the F-5E, the F-20 was much faster, gained beyond visual range air-to-air capability, and had a full suite of air-to-ground modes capable of firing most U.S. weapons. With these improved capabilities, the F-20 became competitive with contemporary U.S. fighter designs like the F-16 Fighting Falcon, but was much less expensive to purchase and operate.

Much of the F-20's development was carried out as part of a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) project called "FX", which intended to sell less-advanced fighter designs to U.S. allies to limit the possibility of front-line U.S. technology falling into Soviet hands. FX developed out of a general re-working of U.S. military export policy started under the Carter administration in 1977. Although Northrop had high hopes for the F-20 in the international market, changes in policy following Ronald Reagan's election left the F-20 competing for sales with front line fighters like the F-16.

With some great sales marketing like Gen. Charlews "Chuck" E. Yeager and veteran test pilot : Darrel Cornell, Tigershark have some promising response in Far East. Korea, Indonesia and some countries made a hard commitment to this fighter plane. But tragically 2 fatal crash in demo is happen caused postpone all commitment.

The development program was eventually abandoned in 1986 after three prototypes had been built and a fourth partially completed.[1]

Specifications (F-20)

Data from Johnsen,[57] Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft[3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 pilot
  • Length: 47 ft 4 in (14.4 m)
  • Wingspan: 27 ft 11.9 in / 8.53 m; with wingtip missiles (26 ft 8 in/ 8.13 m; without wingtip missiles)
  • Height: 13 ft 10 in (4.20 m)
  • Wing area: 200 ft² (18.6 m²)
  • Empty weight: 13,150 lb (5,090 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 15,480 lb (6,830 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 27,500 lb (11,920 kg)
  • Powerplant:General Electric F404-GE-100 turbofan, 17,000 lbf (76 kN)




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