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Sujet: Re: F-5A/B/E et F des FRA / RMAF Northrop F-5 Tiger III Ven 6 Juin 2014 - 13:01
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I’m journalist from Poland and I‘m writing an article about F-5 Tiger modernisation worldwide. I have some troubles about getting some reliable information about Moroccan F-5 upgrade. Many misleading/unconfirmed information were published at last years in the press and internet. I want to make some fact straight, and have some questions. I’m not asking about classified data, like combat device modes. Just some general info about types of device used on Moroccan fighters.
The radar: Many sources mentions FIAR Grifo-F radar (or Grifo F/X Plus designation , probably that mean the same device: Grifo-F with X-band beam), but I have read on this forum it could be Grifo-M designed for Mirage fighter. I most applications (for example Brazilian and Singapore upgrades) Grifo-F don’t fit well into the F-5E nose, and heavily rebuilt is necessary, including cut off the whole nose structure, removing one gun and fitting bigger nose cone for larger Grifo antenna. See this:
However, I can see on the photos that Moroccan F-5E retained old, small noses and both guns. How it possible? Sometimes in the press the EL/M-3032 radar is mentioned. This radar is used in Chilean fighters which retained both guns and original small nose cone. Really strange, isn’t?
The ECM devices: On early photos taken on the 1980-90 period I saw provisional RWR device painted on white and installed on the fin. It was AN/ALR-66? On the last pictured fighters I identified DM/A-104 RWR antennas - the same as on Chilean F-5. This is a part of EWPS-100 system, which cooperates with DM/A-401 jammer and DM/A-202 flare/dipoles dispenser. Did Moroccan fighters got the jammers and flare dispensers?
The weapon: I have read on this forum Moroccan F-5 were integrated with new weapon: Sidewinder, Python 3/4/5 and wired for MICA missiles. But pictures confirms AIM-9 only. Did the other rockets ever tested on Moroccan F-5? I suppose there is no rails for MICA at all...
Guided weapons: Some pictures F-5 with Litening laser pod surfaced, but how about bomb types used in Royal Moroccan Air Force? I know Paveway bombs were bought for F-16, and F-5 can carry them probably but I need confirmation. Some press sources says that Israeli Lizard bomb also can be used, but I have no information, if they really are on RMAF inventory.
And the last but not least. There is 30 F-5E/F on the RMAF strength currently and 24 F-5E + 4 F-5F were upgraded. Right?
Sorry, but I don’t speak French, however I can read your post using Google translator.