Negotiations on selling Israeli Kfir jets to Argentina to resume

Negotiations on on selling Israeli Kfir jets to Argentina to resume
Colombian IAI Kfir

A third round of discussions to sell the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Kfir Israeli-built all-weather, multirole combat aircraft to Argentina will soon resume.

According to sources, negotiations on the proposed sale to Argentina are about to resume, although two previous rounds of talks did not result in a deal, with sale price being the main obstacle.

The Kfir Block 60 is the latest version of the fighter, with General Electric J-79 engines, with the possibility to take the jets back to zero flight hours after a total overhaul. The jets can thus fly 1,600 hours before another overhaul is required.

The upgraded fighter carries an Elta 2032 passive electronically scanned array radar that provides an all-aspect, look-down, shoot-down performance, operating simultaneous multi-mode air-to-air and advanced strike missions.

The customer has the luxury to install other radar systems.

The Kfir, which is based on modified French Dassault Mirage 5, is in service with the air forces of Colombia, Ecuador and Sri Lanka.