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F-5A Freedom Fighter   F-5A PUFF    
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F-5A PUFF
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Nation Flag of Norway Norway
Class SEAD Aircraft
Variant(s) F-5A Freedom Fighter
Cost 70 Supply
Specifications
Armor Front 0 / Side 0 / Rear 0 / Top 0
Icon WALB Strength 10
Icon WALB ECM 30%
Icon WRD Air Detection Very Good
Speed 750 km/h
Icon WALB Stealth Poor
Fuel Capacity 3000 L
Icon WRD T.O.T. 85 s
Icon WALB Year 1989
Icon WALB Type Airborne, Mechanized, Armored, Motorized, Support
Icon WALB Prototype No
Weapons
Autocannon Twin Pontiac M39A2 (20mm)
SEAD AGM-45 Shrike (Radar)
AAM AIM-9L Sidewinder (IR)

The F-5A PUFF is a variant of the F-5A Freedom Fighter available to Norway and BLUFOR forces that was introduced in Norse Dragons DLC for Wargame: Red Dragon.

HistoryEdit

The Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter is a twin-engine, single-seat, tactical fighter. The F-5A was developed in the late 1950's as a supersonic lightweight fighter, but found little use in American arsenals - the later F-5E Tiger II was employed as a MiG-21 simulator in aggressor squadrons. However, the F-5A and subsequent family saw great success as an export fighter, and was sold to, or license-built in more than 30 countries. The Royal Norwegian Air Force purchased 108 Freedom Fighters, 78 of them F-5A's, as part of a military aid agreement. The first Freedom Fighters arrived in 1966 and served for nearly four decades.

The Norwegian F-5A's received a series of upgrades across their service, to include compatibility with guided air-to-surface missiles (such as Maverick and Shrike), the installation of ECM systems, and improvements to avionics. The F-5A PUFF is a SEAD capable variant.

OverviewEdit

The F-5A PUFF is a SEAD aircraft available to Norwegian and BLUFOR decks. Carrying a mix of air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry, the F-5A PUFF is able to attack helicopters or fighters with its pair of AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles and twin 20mm cannons. Its primary role, SEAD, is accomplished with a pair of AGM-45B Shrike missiles. The F-5A PUFF gives commanders inexpensive multi-role capabilities. The main drawbacks of the PUFF are its lack of long range air-to-air missiles, making it vulnerable to enemy fighters, and its 30% ECM - normally this number would be good, but given the PUFF's primary role as a SEAD platform, is a little bit low to be dueling with SAM sites.

WeaponsEdit

Weapons WRD Icon Twin M39A2 WRD Icon AGM-45B Shrike WRD Icon AIM-9L
Type Autocannon SEAD AAM
Name Twin Pontiac M39A2 AGM-45B Shrike AIM-9L Sidewinder
Caliber 20mm HEAT, F&F, SEAD AoE, F&F
Ammo x 280 x 2 x 2
Range Ground = 2100 m
Helicopters = 1575 m
Icon WALB Airplanes = 2100 m
Ground = 4200 m
Helicopters = N/A m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Ground = N/A m
Helicopters = 1750 m
Icon WALB Airplanes = 3500 m
Accuracy 30% 50% 50%
Icon WRD Stabilizer 30% 50% 50%
AP Power 0 20 0
HE Power 1 0 4
Icon WALB Suppression 40 150 160
Rate of fire 1499 r/min 30 r/min 30 r/min

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