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Last update 22-11-2012
Unofficial discussions between Sudan and Northrop regarding the possible
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 finally 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.
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.