The IAI Kfir NG was pitched at this years Paris Airshow being offered to the Colombian Air Force. The NG stands for next generation, upgrading the platform with a more advanced AESA radar and the GE F414 engine used in the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. These upgrades will increase the aircrafts thrust to weight ratio as the GE F414 provides more thrust than the J79. The F414 produces 22,000 lbf (97.9 kN) With full Afterburner.
It is unclear if the Kfirs will be new builds or upgrades of the existing Kfirs. The Colombian Air Force currently operates 20 Kfir C7s and 1 TC2. The existing Kfirs in Colombian service use ELTA EL/M2021B radars. The offer is similar to the Kfir C10 pitched to Argentina.
The Kfir is Colombia’s primary fixed wing fighter aircraft and the only fighter type in service. The force is designed to provide air defense of the country’s borders, in particular from neighboring Venezuela which possesses a larger fighter force. The Kfir also has a robust ground attack capability being able to deliver ordinance, including the Mk82, Mk84 and AGM-65. Unguided rockets such as the 68 mm SNEB can also be employed.
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