The F-5 Tiger II is a highly maneuverable, capable and reliable fighter used by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and more than 30 countries worldwide as a front line fighter, trainer, or reconnaissance aircraft. This high performance aircraft has been a staple in the inventories of air forces throughout the world since the 1970s. Avionics modernization upgrades and replacements for aircraft fatigue components could allow this versatile air-to-air platform to emulate fourth generation fighter aircraft at a fraction of the cost.
The F-5N Tiger II is a single seat, twin-engine, tactical fighter and attack aircraft that provides simulated air-to-air combat training. The F-5F is a dual-seat version, twin-engine tactical fighter commonly used for training and adversary combat tactics. The F-5 aircraft serve in an aggressor-training role with simulation capabilities of current threat aircraft in fighter-combat mode.
The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps operate 44 F-5N aircraft at three sites: Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West, Fla., NAS Fallon, Nev., and Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma, Ariz.