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ExpoDefensa 2019: SAAB offers Gripen E to replace Kfir aircraft of Colombian Air Force

Wednesday, December 4, 2019   (0 Comments)

By Staff Writer  |  December 4, 2019  |  Army Recognition

 

At ExpoDefensa 2019, the Swedish Company SAAB promotes its single-seat and dual-seat Gripen fighters to replace Kfir combat aircraft fleet of Colombian Air Force. The Kfir is an Israeli-built all-weather multirole combat aircraft based on the French Dassault Mirage 5, equipped with Israeli avionics and an Israeli-built version of the General Electric J79 turbojet engine.

As a result of a trade agreement between Colombia and Israel in 1989 the Colombian government bought a batch of 12 ex-IAF Kfir C.2s and one TC.2, which were delivered to the Colombian Air Force (FAC) in 1989–1990. Since then, all the C.2s have been upgraded to the C.7 variant. The FAC Kfirs have been widely used in ground-attack missions during counter-insurgency operations against Colombian terrorists. Colombian Kfirs are armed with Python 3 IR-homing AAMs. READ MORE...


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