Northrop F-5 Attack Aircraft

Northrop F-5 Attack Aircraft

Northrop F-5 is part of a family of widely-used light supersonic fighter aircraft, designed and built by Northrop. Hundreds of Northrop F-5 remain in service in air forces around the world in the early 21st century, and the type has also been the basis for a number of other aircraft.

Role : Fighter / attack aircraft
Manufacturer : Northrop
First flight : F-5A: 30 July 1959, F-5E: 11 August 1972
Introduction : 1962
Status : Operational
Primary users : United States Navy, Republic of China Air Force, Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force
Number built : A/B/C: 847
E/F: 1,399
Unit cost : F-5E: US$2.1 million
Developed from : T-38 Talon
Variants : Canadair CF-5
Developed into : Northrop F-20 Tigershark

Northrop F-5 Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 47 ft 4¾ in (14.45 m)
  • Wingspan: 26 ft 8 in (8.13 m)
  • Height: 13 ft 4½ in (4.08 m)
  • Wing area: 186 ft² (17.28 m²)
  • Airfoil: NACA 65A004.8 root, NACA 64A004.8 tip
  • Empty weight: 9,558 lb (4,349 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 15,745 lb (7,157 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 20,486 lb (9,312 kg)
  • Powerplant:2 × General Electric J85-GE-21B turbojet
    • Dry thrust: 3,500 lbf (15.5 kN) each
    • Thrust with afterburner: 5,000 lbf (22.2 kN) each
  • *Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0200
  • Drag area: 3.4 ft² (0.32 m²)
  • Aspect ratio: 3.86
  • Internal fuel: 677 US gal (2,563 L)
  • External fuel: 275 US gal (1,040 L) per tank in up to 3 tanks

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 917 kn (1,060 mph, 1,700 km/h, Mach 1.6)
  • Range: 760 nmi (870 mi, 1,405 km)
  • Ferry range: 2,010 nmi (2,310 mi, 3,700 km[71])
  • Service ceiling: 51,800 ft (15,800 m)
  • Rate of climb: 34,400 ft/min (175 m/s)
  • Lift-to-drag ratio: 10.0

Armament

  • Guns: 2× 20 mm (0.787 in) Pontiac M39A2 Revolver cannons in the nose, 280 rounds/gun
  • Hardpoints: 7 total (3× wet): 2× wing-tip AAM launch rails, 4× under-wing & 1× under-fuselage pylon stations holding up to 7,000 pounds (3,200 kg) of payload.
  • Rockets:
    • 2× LAU-61/LAU-68 rocket pods (each with 19× /7× Hydra 70 mm rockets, respectively); or
    • 2× LAU-5003 rocket pods (each with 19× CRV7 70 mm rockets); or
    • 2× LAU-10 rocket pods (each with 4× Zuni 127 mm rockets); or
    • 2× Matra rocket pods (each with 18× SNEB 68 mm rockets)
  • Missiles:
    • Air-to-air missile:
      • 4× AIM-9 Sidewinders or
      • 4× AIM-120 AMRAAMs
    • Air-to-surface missile:
      • 2× AGM-65 Mavericks
  • Bombs: A variety of air-to-ground ordnance such as the Mark 80 series of unguided iron bombs (including 3 kg and 14 kg practice bombs), CBU-24/49/52/58 cluster bomb munitions, napalm bomb canisters and M129 Leaflet bomb, and laser guided bombs of Paveway family.
  • Others: up to 3× 150/275 US gallon Sargent Fletcher drop tanks for ferry flight or extended range/loitering time.

Avionics

  • Emerson Electric AN/APQ-153 radar on early batch of F-5E
  • Emerson Electric AN/APQ-159 radar on later production F-5E
  • AN/AVQ-27 Laser Target Designator Set (LTDS), for F-5B and F-5F only.
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