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IAI F-21A Kfir "Lion"

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Development

Entwicklung

The Israel Aircraft Industries Kfir is an Israeli-built all-weather, multirole combat aircraft based on a modified Dassault Mirage 5 airframe, with Israeli avionics and an Israeli-made version of the General Electric J79 turbojet engine.

 

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Variants

Versionen

  F-21A

25 upgraded Kfir C.1 aircraft were leased to the USN and USMC for an aggressor

F-21A

 

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Operational history

Einsatzgeschichte

 

Twenty-five modified Kfir C.1s were leased to the US Navy and the US Marine Corps from 1985 to 1989, to act as adversary aircraft in dissimilar air combat training (DACT). These aircraft, designated F-21A Kfir, had narrow-span canard foreplanes and a single small rectangular strake on either side of the nose which considerably improved the aircraft's manoeuvrability, and handling at low speeds.

The 12 F-21 aircraft leased to the US Navy, painted in a three-tone blue-gray "ghost" scheme, were operated by VF-43, based at NAS Oceana. In 1988 they were returned and replaced by the F-16N. The 13 aircraft leased to the US Marine Corps were operated by VMFT-401 at MCAS Yuma. In addition to the blue-gray painted aircraft, the USMC also had some F-21s painted in Israeli colors and desert "flogger" schemes. These aircraft were replaced by F-5Es when the F-21s were returned in 1989.

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Specifications

Technische Daten

Specifications

F-21A

Wingspan

Spannweite

8.22 m

Length

Länge

15.65 m

Height

Höhe

4.55 m

Wing area

Flügelfläche

34.8 m²

Engine

Motor

1 × IAl Bedek-built General Electric J-79-J1E turbojet

Maximum speed

Höchstgeschwindigkeit

2,440 km/h

Empty weight

Leergewicht

7,285 kg

Loaded weight

Startgewicht

16,200 kg

Climb Rate

Steigrate

233 m/s

Service ceiling

Gipfelhöhe

17,680 m

Range

Reichweite

768 km

Armament

Bewaffnung

none

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Serials

Seriennummern

IAI F-21 Kfir
F-21A 163298 - 163309  12
F-21A 999705, 999708
999716, 999724
999725, 999727
999731, 999734
999749, 999750
999764, 999787
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Total

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