Lightning is a jet fighter made in Iran. The aircraft uses the fuselage of the F-5 aircraft. The difference between this aircraft and the F-5 is the presence of two vertical V-shaped rudders, which are designed to provide the necessary capability for better maneuverability of the fighter. Lightning fighter jets are probably 10 to 15 percent larger than F-5 jets. The aircraft has two V-shaped vertical rudders (to reduce radar cross-section and increase maneuverability) and uses the same engines and flight electronics as the F-5.
The first specialized lightning squadron was formed in March 2009 at the second hunting base in Tabriz.
This aircraft is the latest optimization of the F-5 fighter. The F-5 is an American fighter made by Northrop, which made its first test flight in 1958 and joined the Iranian Air Force in the 1940s. The changes made to Lightning over the F-5 do not necessarily mean that it is superior to the F-5. The effect that the two rudders have on the maneuverability of the aircraft is debatable, and its ammunition carrying capacity has not changed much compared to the F-5. Existence of F-18-like rudders has caused some Iranian reports to introduce this aircraft with capabilities similar to the F-18. Lightning can be used as a ground attack fighter. Mass production of lightning depends on the success of the pilot program of the aircraft. If successful, production will begin with digital glass cabins and other optimizations.
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- Wingspan 32.2ft (9.8m)
- Length 44.7ft (13.6m)
- Height 12.8ft (3.9m)
- Empty Weight 17,227lbs (7,814kg)
- Loaded Weight 21,859lbs (9,915kg)
- Power/Weight Ratio 1.336
- Wing Loading 93.2lbs/ft2 (455.2kg/m2)
- Wing Area 234.5ft2 (21.8m2)
- Drag Points 3379
- Number of Parts 53
- Control Surfaces 6
- Performance Cost 406