IAI Kfir

TypeFighter-bomber
Country of originIsrael
ManufacturerIsrael Aircraft Industries
First flightJune 1973
Introduced1976
ProducedData is not available
Numbers built>220
Unit costsUS$4.5 million
Max speed2,440 km/h (1,317 knots, 1,516 mph) above 11,000 m (36,000 ft)
Max rangeCombat radius: 768 km (415 nmi, 477 mi) (ground attack, hi-lo-hi profile, seven 500 lb bombs, two AAMs, two 1,300 L drop tanks)
DimensionsLength: 15.65 m (51 ft 4¼ in)
Wingspan: 8.22 m (26 ft 11½ in)
Height: 4.55 m (14 ft 11¼ in)
Wing area: 34.8 m² (374.6 sq ft)
WeightEmpty weight: 7,285 kg (16,060 lb)
Loaded weight: 11,603 kg (25,580 lb) two 500 L drop tanks, two AAMs
Max. takeoff weight: 16,200 kg (35,715 lb)
Powerplant1 x IAl Bedek-built General Electric J-79-J1E turbojet
ArmamentGuns: 2x Rafael-built 30 mm (1.18 in) DEFA 553 cannons, 140 rounds/gun
Rockets: assortment of unguided air-to-ground rockets including the Matra JL-100 drop tank/rocket pack, each with 19× SNEB 68 mm rockets and 66 US gallons (250 liters) of fuel
Missiles: 2x AIM-9 Sidewinders or Shafrir or Python-series AAMs; 2× Shrike ARMs; 2x AGM-65 Maverick ASMs
Bombs: 5,775 kg (12,730 lb) of payload on nine external hardpoints, including bombs such as the Mark 80 series, Paveway series of LGBs, Griffin LGBs, TAL-1 OR TAL-2 CBUs, BLU-107 Matra Durandal, reconnaissance pods or Drop tanks
OperatorsCurrent Operators:
Colombia, Ecuador, Srilanka

Former Operators:
Israel, United States (adversarial aircraft at the TOPGUN)

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