As a result of a trade agreement between Colombia and Israel in 1989 the Colombian government bought a batch of twelve 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. As of 2004 two aircraft had been lost in accidents. In February 2008 Colombia signed a deal with the Israeli government for additional 24 ex-IAF Kfir aircraft. It was estimated that these aircraft will most probably be upgraded by Israel Aerospace Industries to C.10 standard.
In June 2009, IAI delivered the first batch of upgraded Kfir fighter jets to the Colombian Air Force in a ceremony held at IAI's facilities in Israel. In attendance at the ceremony was Juan Hurtado Cano, the Colombian Ambassador to Israel, high ranking officers from the Colombian Air Force, and executives from the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD-SIBAT). This was a part of a multi-year contract awarded in late 2007 and worth over $150 million to upgrade the existing Colombian Air Force Kfir jets, and to supply additional jets. The additional Kfir jets, models C.10-C.12, have been upgraded and improved to include IAI's latest technologies and products. On July 20, 2009, a Kfir jet crashed near the city of Cartagena....... As a result, Israel Aerospace Industries will replace the unit lost with another one and it will resume delivery to the Colombian Air Force.
So in total 37! Or they have not been delivered yet?
D-Mitch as you said:
So all Kfirs are C-10 and I think there are two C-12 the double cockpit version. So in total there are 24, no 37 in your math. All C-2 are out of service or they were upgraded to C-7 and then to C-10 version with the new radar. right now 7 of them, the C-10 and one C-7 are in Nellis Air Force attending Red Flag Exercises.This was a part of a multi-year contract awarded in late 2007 and worth over $150 million to upgrade the existing Colombian Air Force Kfir jets, and to supply additional jets
The whole Mirage V COAM fleet were retired and the basic kfirs cells C2, C7 were upgraded to C-10In February 2008, the Colombian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos, today the Colombian president; traveled to Israel to close the deal to acquire 13 aircraft Kfir C.10 and the upgrading of existing 11 to C.10 standard, with full cualse a total of 24 Kfir fighters C.10; for 2011 Kfir fleet stopped counterinsurgency operations, leaving that function to light attack aircraft. Already by late 2009 and early 2010 was completed delivery of the aircraft fleet, the potential threat to the Colombian government assumed the Venezuelan aviation and long-range heavy fighters Sukhoi-Su-30MkII.
Thanks D-Mitch for the posters they are awesome!!!!!!!
Very good pictures Hermanos!!(Brothers!!)
Colombian Air Force at red flag, Nellis Air Force Air BAse.
Photos property of Colombian Air force, 17th july 2012
Note de ECM POD on the leftA Colombian Air Force maintainer carries a drag chute canister for a Kfir fighter jet during Red Flag 12-4 July 17, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Kfir uses drag chutes for normal landings on runways less than 12 kilometers, foto William Coleman, USAF:
Colombian Air Force Junior Technicians Jhonatan Galvez and Jesus Ovalle install a drag chute for a Kfir fighter jet during Red Flag 12-4 July 17, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Lancaster), foto William Coleman, USAF:
Colombian air force maintainers perform post flight inspections during Red Flag 12-4 July 17, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag is one of a series of advanced training programs administered by the United States Air Force Warfare Center, foto William Coleman, USAF:
A Colombian air force pilot returns from a flight during Red Flag 12-4 July 17, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. This mock battle training in the skies over the Nevada Test and Training Range has yielded results that will increase the combat capability of armed forces and allied forces for any future combat situation, foto William Coleman, USAF:
Hey Dragonred welcome to the board and the the forums!! amazing pictures all of them. I have some at nellis but the crisis of Cauca didnt let me the chance to post them. keep it up the good job and keep posting!!!!!!!!