Views Read Edit View history. In , with tensions still running high between Ecuador and Peru, the Ecuadorians acquired four additional Kfirs three C. The MiG was targeted as the “enemy” aircraft because at this time the MiG was being introduced in very large numbers, and was a very capable aircraft compared to earlier Soviet types. The Kfir programme originated in the quest to develop a more capable version of the IAI Nesher , which was already in series production. An aircraft can be delivered within one year, with two squadrons to be sold in two to three years. Since then, all the C. Since the J79 turbojet engine is an U.

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Since the J79 turbojet engine is an U. Los Angeles Times17 January A further nine aircraft had been added to the inventory byincluding four C. As a result, Israel Aerospace Industries will replace the unit lost with another one and it will resume delivery to the Colombian Air Force.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Inwith tensions still running high between Ecuador and Peru, the Ecuadorians acquired four additional Kfirs three C. Following the suggestions made by the Israelis, advanced avionics located behind the cockpit were removed, allowing the aircraft to increase its fuel-carrying capacity while reducing maintenance costs.

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None were lost in aerial combat. There were unconfirmed reports that a number of the original Mirage IIICs, re-engined with the J79 and given the name Barak “Lightning”took part in the Yom Kippur War ofbut some sources point out that there is no evidence that these aircraft ever existed. Retrieved March 8, The additional Kfir jets, models C. Three others were lost in non-combat related accidents during the Civil War period. In order to accommodate the new powerplant on the Mirage III’s airframe, and to deliver the added cooling required by the J79, the aircraft’s rear fuselage was slightly shortened and widened, its air intakes were enlarged, and a large air inlet was installed at the base of the vertical stabilizer, so as to supply the extra cooling needed for the afterburner.


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During the second half of the s, the Kfirs were withdrawn from active duty in the IAF, after almost twenty years of continuous service.

Two powerplants were initially selected for trials, the General Electric J79 turbojet and the Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan.

Retrieved August 23, ByEcuador had lost four Kfirs, including one TC.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Israel Aerospace Industries said in a statement that the plane was flying broadcm refresher flight, and that the aircraft didn’t come to a stop on the landing strip, landing outside it. The J79 has been overhauled to zero flight hours, and would need replacement after 1, hours. Aircraft and missiles produced by Israel Aerospace Industries.

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By the time of the Israeli invasion of southern Lebanon in Operation Peace for Galilee the IAF was able to use both its Fs and Fs for air superiority roles, leaving the Kfirs to carry out unescorted strike missions.


The FAC Kfirs have been widely used in ground-attack missions during counter-insurgency operations against Colombian terrorists. The Israelis replied by producing an unlicensed copy of the Mirage 5, the Nesherwith technical specifications for both the airframe and the engine obtained by Israeli spies. Retrieved 23 June — via HighBeam Research.

Retrieved from ” https: Retrieved March 25, After General De Gaulle embargoed the sale of arms to Israel, the IAF feared that it might lose qualitative superiority over its adversaries in the future, which were receiving increasingly advanced Soviet aircraft. Archived from the original on October 5, Duringthe Argentine Air Force commenced negotiations with Israel for 18 Kfir Block 60 fighters as an alternative to another deal for 16 ex-Spanish Mirage F1 fighters.

Shortly afterwards, all IAF C. Archived from the original on On July 22,Israel Aerospace Industries informed the Colombian Air Force that the accident was caused by an unspecified human error. Archived April 25,at the Wayback Machine. It had an extensively revised cockpit, a strengthened landing gear, and a considerable amount of Israeli-built avionics.

The 12 F aircraft leased to the U. Retrieved 6 February

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