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Thread: Pierre Sprey's analysis of fighters. 30 years later. yay or nay?

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    The F-20 is actually a less capable aircraft to the F-16. It didn't meet USAF requirements and wouldn't have been accepted - just like the aircraft it was developed from, the F-5. Unlike the F-16, the F-20 had no potential for development and growth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levsha View Post
    The F-20 is actually a less capable aircraft to the F-16. It didn't meet USAF requirements and wouldn't have been accepted - just like the aircraft it was developed from, the F-5. Unlike the F-16, the F-20 had no potential for development and growth.
    i agree. US made a right choice with F-16.
    however question is.. what was the radome size of the f-20 compared to f-16 or gripen? it seems that its nose limited the size of the radar

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    Obviously a lot smaller - although ironically the F-20 was, unlike the F-16A, designed from the beginning to carry BVR missiles (AIM-7), if my memory serves well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lookieloo View Post
    Exactly... a safe, easy program on which the work had already been done a decade before (twas actually better than the Viper A2A back then).

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    Oh yes, the F-5G Tigershark had the STOL capability, the range, payload and the directional data link that the Gripen had, did it? And the AN/APG-67 was a marvelous thing by comparison with the more capable swedish set that was on the... Viggen´s nose (nevermind the Gripen)! And it had the same data link capability that was present in the Viggen had it?
    It would quite a fun thing to see a Tigershark trying to emulate what the Swedes did with their aircrafts in dispersed sites and roads, how do you say "busted Landing gear" and "not enough wing"?
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