Specifications for the
IAI Kfir (Lion Cub)
Focus Model: IAI Kfir C.7
Country of Origin: Israel
Manufacturer: Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) - Israel
Initial Year of Service: 1975
Production Total: 230
Length: 51.35 ft (15.65 m)
Width: 26.97 ft (8.22 m)
Height: 14.93ft (4.55 m)
Weight (Empty): 16,061 lb (7,285 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 36,376 lb (16,500 kg)
Powerplant: 1 x IAI/General Electric license-build J79-JIE turbojet engine with afterburn developing 17,860 lb of thrust.
Maximum Speed: 1,516 mph (2,440 kmh; 1,317 kts)
Maximum Range: 548 miles (882 km)
Service Ceiling: 58,038 ft (17,690 m; 11.0 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 45,866 feet-per-minute (13,980 m/min)
2 x 30mm Rafael DEFA 533 cannons
2 x AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles.
2 x Python/Shafrir short-range air-to-air missiles.
2 x AGM-45 Shrike anti-radiation missiles
Griffin laser-guided bombs
TAL-1 CBU cluster bombs
TAL-2 CBU cluster bombs
BLU-107 Durandal runway denial munitions
Mark 80 general purpose bombs
Conventional drop bombs of various makes and sizes.
Elta E/L-8202 Jammer Pod
Up to 13,415lbs of external ordnance across five to seven hardpoints (depending on model).
Kfir - Base Production Models of which 27 were produced; 25 leased out to USN and USMC.
Kfir C.1 - Revised Production Models; addition of canard foreplanes.
Kfir C.2 - Improved C.1 Production Models; leading edge dogtooth design; forward canards as standard with increased sweep; forward ventral strakes; upgraded avionics; ELTA M-2001B ranging radar; MBT twin-computer flight control system; Elbit S-8600 multi-mode navigation and weapons delivery system; Taman central air data computer; angle of attack sensor vane (fitted to port); Israel Electro-Optics HUD.
Kfir C.7 - Definitive Kfir; J79-J1E turbojet engine of 18,750lb thrust with afterburning capability; fighter-bomber development; increased thrust output; updated avionics; HOTAS; WDNS-391 weapons delivery and navigation suite; Elbit 82 stores management system; video subsystems capability; armament control display; smart weapons capability; standardized in-flight refueling via probe or receptacle; additional two underwing hardpoints (total of nine); Elta E/L-8202 jamming pod support; Elisra SPS-200 Rear Warning Radar (later models).
Kfir C.10 / Kfir CE / Kfir 2000 - Export Model based on C.2 and C.7 refinements; new cockpit with 2 x Multi-Function Displays (MFDs); Elta EL/M-2032 beyond-visual-range radar system; in-flight refueling probe; new radar unit; external support for drop tanks.
Kfir C.12 - Upgraded C.7 production models for the Columbian Air Force; essentially a C.10 model without the Elta EL/M-2032 radar system installed.
Kfir TC.2 - Trainer Version of the C.2 production model; tandem two-seat arrangement; revised and lengthened forward fuselage.
Kfir TC.7 - Trainer Version of the C.7 production model; tandem two-seat arrangement; revised and lengthened forward fuselage.
Kfir TC.10 - Upgraded TC.7 trainer for use by the Columbian Air Force.
Kfir Tznuit - Dedicated Reconnaissance Variant based on the production C.2 model.
Columbia; Ecuador; Israel; Sri Lanka; United States (limited)