IAI Kfir

The IAI Kfir is an Israeli all weather multirole combat aircraft based on the French Dassault Mirage 5, with Israeli avionics and an Israeli built version of the General Electric J79 turbojet engine.


Kfir C.1

Basic production variant.

F-21A Kfir

25 upgraded Kfir C.1 aircraft were leased to the USN and USMC for an aggressor role and were designated F-21A Lion.

These aircraft had been modified and included canards on the air intakes.

These canards greatly improved the aircraft manoeuvrability and slow speed control, and were adopted on later variants.

Kfir C.2

An improved C.1 that featured many aerodynamic improvements.

Changes included “dogtoothed” leading edges on the wings, small strakes under the nose and a larger sweep angle of the canards.

Kfir TC.2

A two-seat training variant developed from the C.2.

It has a longer and lowered nose to improve the pilot’s view.

Kfir C.7

Vastly modified variant. Most if not all C.2 aircraft were modified to this variant.

It included an improved J79-GE-J1E engine that offered more 1,000 lbs of thrust at full afterburner

(and as a result increasing the Maximum Take-off Weight by 3,395 lbs),

2 more hardpoints under the air intakes, better avionics such as the Elta EL/M-2021B radar, HOTAS configured cockpit and in flight refuelling capability.

Kfir TC.7

A two-seat training variant developed from the C.7.

Kfir C.9

Proposal for Argentina powered by Atar 9K50. Cancelled.

Later developed as South Africa’s Atlas Cheetah

Kfir C.10

A variant developed especially for export.

The most important change is the adaptation of the Elta EL/M-2032 radar.

Other changes include HMD capability and two 127×177mm MFDs.

This variant is also known as Kfir CE ( Ecuadorean version ) and Kfir COA (Colombian version).

Kfir TC.10

Upgraded version of the TC.7 for the Colombian Air Force.

Kfir C.12

Upgraded version of the C.7 for the Colombian Air Force, a C.10 without the Elta EL/M-2032 radar.

Kfir Tzniut

Reconnaissance version of the C.2.

Kfir Block 60

Upgraded version of the C.10, The main feature of this variant is the use of AESA radar, proposed to the Bulgarian Air Force and Colombian Air Force.

Kfir NG

Upgraded version, short for Next-Generation.

Offered to current and former operators Colombia, Ecuador and Sri Lanka.





15.65 m (51 ft 4 in)


8.22 m (27 ft 0 in)


4.55 m (14 ft 11 in)

Wing area

34.8 m2 (375 sq ft)



Empty weight

7,285 kg (16,061 lb)

Gross weight

11,603 kg (25,580 lb)

Max take-off weight

16,200 kg (35,715 lb)


1 × IAl Bedek-built General Electric J79-J1E turbojet,

52.9 kN (11,900 lbf) thrust dry,

79.62 kN (17,900 lbf) with afterburner


Maximum speed

2,440 km/h (1,520 mph, 1,320 kn) above 11,000 m (36,089 ft)

Maximum speed

Mach 2.3

Combat range

768 km (477 mi, 415 nmi) (ground attack, hi-lo-hi profile, seven 227 kg (500 lb) bombs, two AAMs, two 1,300 l (340 US gal; 290 imp gal) drop tanks)

Service ceiling

17,680 m (58,010 ft)

Rate of climb

233 m/s (45,900 ft/min)



2× Rafael-built 30 mm (1.18 in) DEFA 553 cannon with 140 rpg


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 litres) of fuel


2× AIM-9 Sidewinders or Shafrir or Python-series AAMs; 2× Shrike ARMs; 2× AGM-65 Maverick ASMs


5,775 kg (12,732 lb) of payload on nine external hardpoints, including bombs such as the Mark 80 series, Paveway series of LGBs, Griffin LGBs, SMKBs, TAL-1


TAL-2 CBUs, BLU-107 Matra Durandal, reconnaissance pods or Drop tanks.






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