القوّات الجوّيّة السودانيّة / Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya As-Sudaniya - Sudanese Air Force

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                                        Last update 22-11-2012

     Unofficial discussions between Sudan and Northrop regarding the possible
    acquisition of Northrop F-5 took already 1974, but were discouraged by the
    US government due to the Sudanese pro Soviet Union policy.

    The Sudanese AF was supplied with aircrafts in the early '70s by the Soviet
    Union; this changed following a failed coup attempt in July 1976 and the
    expulsion of all Soviet military advisors in May 1977.

   Following a first official request for 24 Tigers (12 to be urgently delivered) in
   October 1976,
an US military team visited Karthoum in August 1977 but the
   request was at first rejected by the US government
due to political reasons.
   It was f
inally in 1980 that it agreed to supply 10 Northrop F-5E and 2 F-5F
   for the value of USD 46m on a loan 
basis, with very favourable terms. Out
   of these only 2 double-seaters (during October 1982) and 
2 single-seaters
   (during June 1984)
are confirmed to have been delivered.


                  Photo: John A. Sheets
                             Northrop F-5F 201 seen at Buckley ANG on 12-10-82.

  Photo: The Northrop F-5 Enthusiast
      Northrop F-5E 206 and 208 at Nice on their delivery flight 13-06-84.

The double-seaters enabled in-country training under the supervision of an USAF Mobile Training Team, but aircrafts survived only for a short time the local harsh environment: 1 double-seater crashed during a parade on 23-06-84 near Juba, 2 single-seaters before October 1985.

The only remaing Northrop F-5F was turned over to Jordan in exchange for ammunition for the Sudanese Army.

Pro-western attitude changed in 1985 with the political opening to Lybia, bringing military aid from this country, but ending US support and further F-5 deliveries.