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Colombia receiving two new Kfir two-seat fighters from Israel

26 June 2017

The Colombian Air Force (FAC) has purchased from Israel two second-hand IAI Kfir TC-2 two-seat fighters to replace lost platforms and reinforce its Kfir trainer fleet, according to FAC commander General Carlos Bueno.

After losing four trainers from 2009-14, as well as one operational fighter, the FAC was left with only one two-seat Kfir and a limited training ability. Officials considered bringing back into service two Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighters, retired in 2010, but ultimately decided to buy Kfirs.

A contract has now been signed for the two aircraft, which were stored after being retired from the Israeli Air Force, and they have been delivered to the FAC for assembly at Germán Olano Air Base in Palanquero, headquarters of the Comando Aéreo de Combate No1 (CACOM-1).

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Colombia has lost five Kfirs to accidents over recent years, and four were trainers, prompting the air force to consider its future fighter options. (US Air Force)Colombia has lost five Kfirs to accidents over recent years, and four were trainers, prompting the air force to consider its future fighter options. (US Air Force)



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