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F-20 Tigershark
F-20 Tigershark
Origin USA United States
Role Fighter aircraft
Manufacturer Northrop Corporation
Primary user USAF United States Air Force
General characteristics
Crew 1
Length 47.4 ft (14.4 m)
Wingspan 27.11 ft (8.53 m)
Height 13.10 ft (4.20 m)
Loaded weight 15,480 lb (7,021 kg)
Performance
Maximum speed 1,319 mph (2,123 km/h)
Range 1715 mi (2,759 km)
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
series information
Appearances H.A.W.X.

The Northrop 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 fighter designs such as the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, but was much less expensive to purchase and operate.

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