IAI Lavi


1st Flight 1986

Crew: 1

Length: 14.57 m (47 ft 10 in)

Wingspan: 8.78 m (28 ft 10 in)

Height: 4.78 m (15 ft 8 in)

Wing area: 33 m2 (360 sq ft)

Empty weight: 7,031 kg (15,501 lb)

Gross weight: 9,991 kg (22,026 lb)

Max takeoff weight: 19,277 kg (42,499 lb)

Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney PW1120 afterburning turbofan, 91.5 kN (20,600 lbf) with afterburner


Maximum speed: 1,965 km/h (1,221 mph, 1,061 kn)

Maximum speed: Mach 1.6

Range: 3,700 km (2,300 mi, 2,000 nmi)

Service ceiling: 15,240 m (50,000 ft)

Rate of climb: 254 m/s (50,000 ft/min)

Wing loading: 303.2 kg/m2 (62.1 lb/sq ft)

Thrust/weight: 0.94


Guns: 1 × 30 mm DEFA cannon


Three prototypes were built.

The IAI Lavi was a single-engined fourth-generation multirole jet fighter developed in Israel, by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), during the 1980s.

The decision to develop the Lavi was controversial, both with the Israeli public, due to the enormous associated costs, and particularly with the U.S. government due to competition with American jets on the export market.

By 1984 Israel, with a population of 4 million, had the world’s highest military expenditure as a proportion of GDP, at 24%,a rate of spending considered unsustainable.

These issues contributed to the ultimate cancellation of the aircraft, by the Israeli government, during the flight-test phase of development in August 1987.



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