Following the manufacture of the Nesher, IAI developed a more extensively modified and further improved version of the same airframe, powered by a General Electric J79 afterburning turbojet engine. A prototype of the Kfir was flown in 1973.
The Kfir utilises a basic airframe similar to that of the Dassault Mirage 5, the main changes being a shorter but larger-diameter rear fuselage to accommodate the J79 engine; an enlarged and flattened undersurface to the forward portion of the fuselage; introduction of four small fuselage airscoops, plus a larger dorsal airscoop in place of the triangular dorsal fin, to provide cooling air for the afterburner; and a strengthened landing gear, with long-stroke oleos. Several internal changes have also been made. Intended for both air-defence and ground-attack roles, the Kfir retains the standard Mirage fixed armament of two 30mm DEFA cannon and can carry a variety of external weapons including the Rafael Shafrir 2 air-to-air and Luz-1 air-to-surface missiles. Two squadrons of the Israeli Air Force were equipped with this initial Kfir-C1 version.
In 1976 the first public demonstration took place of the modified Kfir-C2, by which time it was already in service with the Air Force. The most significant changes from the original Kfir are the addition of non-retractable, sweptback canard surfaces just aft of the engine air intakes, a small strake on each side of the extreme nose, and an extended wing leading edge created by increasing the chord on approximately the outer 40% of each half-span. The Kfir-C2 is the principal production version, both for the Israeli Air Force and for export. The modifications were designed to improve the aircraft's dogfighting manoeuvrability at the lower end of the speed range and to enhance take-off and landing performance.
A two-seat TC2 trainer version of the Kfir was flown for the first time in 1981. 71 Kfir C1 and 185 Kfir C2/TC2 were built.
|A three-view drawing (1668 x 1258)|
| ENGINE||1 x General Electric J79-GE-17, 52.8kN|
| Take-off weight||9072-14500 kg||20000 - 31967 lb|
| Wingspan||8.2 m||27 ft 11 in|
| Length||15.5 m||51 ft 10 in|
| Height||4.3 m||14 ft 1 in|
| Wing area||34.9 m2||375.66 sq ft|
| Max. speed||M2.2|| M2.2 |
| Ceiling||15250 m||50050 ft|
| ARMAMENT||1 x 30mm cannon, bombs and missiles|
Excellent airplane for the time. US NAVY and USMC used the airplane as a DACT platform. Sri Lanka, Colombia, and Ecuador purchased this airplane. Lightweight and capable.
Go Israel :)
|Timothy Potter, 21.03.2016|
An excellent arab killing plane, proving that Israel can find a way to succeed in surviving the Arab onslaught. This plane was the first ever rocket powered biplane and its weapons load was up to 2000 nuclear tipped turban seeking missiles, located in the undercarriage.
UGLY BAD. UGLY FACE FLY THIS UGLY BAD JEW TOY TO FUKING BAD ASS HOLE TO TOY FUCKING BAD TOY THIS. THIS IS RUBBER AIRCRAFT TO IDIOT FORCE IN THE WORD. CHIKEN AIRCRAFT TO MATHERFOCKER FLY IT.
|PATRIK DUGOL, 24.02.2016|
Il est encore une tache CONCERNANT LE MIRAGE 3 ET Kfir. Je me rend malade quand je le vois en Amérique et F-21.
I comme un homme FRANÇAIS veut tout ce qui est FRANÇAIS AU BAS BAS TOUS COMMERCES avec Israël et IAI.
|DEVEL DAVID, 23.02.2016|
SICK MATHERFUKER BILD COPY OF MIRAGE 3.
ISARAEL JEWS IS ASS HOLE.
THIS BAD COPY OF MIRAGE 3. UGLY JEWS CAN BILD BAD COPY OF MIRAGE 3.
|ERNNY HITLER, 27.03.2015|
I FLYGEN THIS AIRCRAFT, IN ISRAEL MY NAME IS Lt DAVID LIBERMAN.
MY REAL NAME IS ERNNY HITLER VORKIN DUBBEL AGENT TO KKK. IN USA. THIS IS FUN TO KILL ARAB FROM THIS MASIN, REAL FUN.
HALL TO MY SELF. JA,,,,
|Ralph K, 01.03.2013|
Excellent product, for essentially the first release from IAI. Today, they could offer a much better airplane.
U.S. Gov, blocked the sale of the airplanes, to several other countries.
Mexico, in 1982, made a pact to buy 24 Kfir fighters, but do not understand why the U.S. government canceled the purchase, only to give 12 fighters F-5 Tiger II, which are outdated and inferior to the Kfir, which I think is stupidity by the Mexican government. And the worst is not even bought more, have been modernized or at least remain operational are the same as when we brought them 30 years ago. I thank E.U.A. by the intervention of private us the best fighter in the world at the time.
but it comes with a cost in weight and complexity that it would seem would not be well tolerated in a small airframe such as the Kfir.
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