Upgrading the F-5 to the Advanced Tiger: The Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter is a small, highly aerodynamic and maneuverable jet which was built around two compact and high thrust General Electric J85 engines. The F-5 was designed from the ground up to be an easy to maintain, simple to fly, inexpensive multirole fighter. With its origins dating back to the 1950s the F-5 has stood the test of time, it has become a popular export aircraft for many nations and is still used today by the United States as an adversary or aggressor aircraft. Recently a company known as Tactical Air Support or Tac Air has been outfitting its fleet of F-5s with advanced avionics and sensors, bringing this versatile 3rd generation fighter well into 4th plus generation territory, at a fraction of the cost of contemporary fighters. Tac Air has dubbed their modified F-5 the F-5AT or Advanced Tiger. Today we will take a look at these modifications made by Tac Air, and how the F-5AT could be a sensible addition to countries that need to upgrade their air forces due to the rise of near peer threats.
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