Elbit Systems and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) have offered to provide surplus Israeli Air Force’s (IAF’s) Lockheed Martin F-16A/B Netz and F-16C/D Barak fighters to Colombia, senior military sources have told Jane’s .
The offer, which includes airframes that are held in storage and/or are soon to be retired, is aimed to fulfil a Colombian Air Force requirement for between 12 and 18 advanced combat aircraft to replace current IAI Kfirs.
According to Jane’s sources, the Israeli consortia would put the F-16s through a service-life extension programme that would include replacement of structural parts and upgrades to the avionics and engine to bring the aircraft to a standard described as “close to Block 50”.
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