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IAI Arava ('Arava')
One series 102 and two series 201 commandeered from manufacturer during October 1973 Yom Kippur War. Used by ? sqn for supply and casevac missions. Returned to IAI at end of war - the srs 201s were for an overseas customer. Eight series 202 obtained 1984 - this version featured prominent winglets. Used by 126 sqn for ECM duties. Three series 102 (201?) obtained 1984. Used by ? sqn for transport duties. Withdrawn from service in June 2004 and put into store at Lod. Hebrew name taken from the desert area in central Israel.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
4X-???     1973 srs 102 prototype
4X-???     1973 srs 201
4X-???     1973 srs 201
101/4X-JUA 072     Arava 201, 126 sqn
203/4X-JUB 101     Arava 202 ECM, 126 sqn, Hatzerim Museum Feb 2006
205/4X-FDD 104     Arava 202 ECM, 126 sqn
209/4X-JUE 106     Arava 202 ECM, 126 sqn
211/4X-JUF 107     Arava 202, 126 sqn
212/4X-JUG 108     Arava 202 ECM, 126 sqn
215/4X-JUH 109     Arava 202 ECM, 126 sqn
217/4X-JUI 110     Arava 202 ECM, 126 sqn
303/4X-JUC '100' 80?     Arava 202, 126 sqn

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


IAI Kfir-C7 serial 824 of 144 Squadron.
(Photo via Amiad Spector)
Three Kfirs fly over Jerusalem.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)

IAI Kfir ('Kfir')
Sixty-eight Kfir-C1 ordered 1974 and delivered from April 1975. No canard foreplanes. All later retrofitted to C2 standard. Used for fighter-bomber role. 12 aircraft leased to US Navy 1985-88 and 13 aircraft leased to USMC 1986-1989 for use in the aggressor role under the designation F-21A. Eighty-nine Kfir-C2 ordered, with deliveries commencing by July 1976. Fitted with canard foreplanes, dogtooth wing leading edge and improved avionics. Thirty Kfir-C7 built with engine intake mounted pylons, HOTAS cockpit and further updated avionics. Two-seat trainer version, Kfir-TC2, first flew February 1981 and twelve were built (including 2 for Ecuador). Production of ten new-build C2 aircraft for Ecuador brings production total to 212 aircraft.

Used for fighter-bomber role. 10 single-seat examples exported to Ecuador 1982, 12 to Colombia 1989, and 5 to Sri Lanka 1996. About 38 airframes supplied to South Africa for the 'Cheetah' programme. 2 two-seaters supplied to Ecuador and 1 each to Colombia and Sri Lanka, (the latter in 1996). One example converted to Kfir-C10 'Kfir 2000' standard for potential export sales. Finally withdrawn from service c.1999, although 60 were in store at Ovda by December 1996. Hebrew name means Lion Cub.

Design based on Nesher airframe with J79 engine in shorter and fatter rear fuselage. Prototype first flew 1973.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
301 B01     TC2, to Sri Lanka 710
302 B02     TC2, to Ecuador 932
303 B03     TC2, IAI Lod store
304 B04     TC2, IAI Lod store
305 B05     TC2, to USA ATAC June 2002, IAI Lod store Oct 2003
306 B06     TC2, Ovda store
307 B07     TC2, Ovda store
308 B08     TC2, to Colombia as 3003
309 B09     TC2, Ovda store
310 B10     TC2, Hatzerim Museum
419       RC2, stored Hatzerim museum
451       RC2, preserved Hatzerim museum
512       C7, Ovda store
514       C7, Hatzerim store
516       C7, IAI Lod store
517       C7, Ovda store
519       C7, Ovda store
521       C7, Ovda store, IAI Lod store
523       C7, Ovda store, IAI Lod store
526       C7, Ovda store, IAI Lod store
529 178     C7, preserved Hatzerim museum
530       C7, Ovda store, to Sri Lanka
532       C7, Ovda store, IAI Lod store
534       C7, Ovda store
537       C7, Ovda store, IAI Lod store
539       C7, Ovda store
541       C7
543       C7, Ovda store, IAI Lod store
546       C7, Ovda store
547       C7, IAI Lod store
549       C7, Ovda store
551       C7, to Sri Lanka 722
553       C7, Ovda store, IAI Lod store
555       C7, to Sri Lanka after June 1989
557       C7, Ovda store
559       C7, Ovda store, IAI Lod store
561       C7, Ovda store
565       C7, Ovda store
566       C7, Ovda store, IAI Lod store
568       C7
570       C7, to Sri Lanka
573       C7, IAI Lod store
701       C1, w/o 14 Apr 1978
703       C1P, USN lease 1985-86, Hatzerim store
704       C1
705       C1
706?       C1
707 08     C1
708       C1P, USMC lease 1985-86, IAI Lod store
709       C1P, USN lease 1985-86, IAI Lod store
710       C1P, USN lease 1985-86, IAI Lod store
711?        
712 01     C1 2nd proto, ex-Nesher 512, Hatzerim museum
713 07     C1, to Kfir C2 813
714 07     C1, to Kfir C2 proto 814
715       C1
716 05     C1P, USMC lease 1985-86, IAI Lod store
717       C1, to Kfir C2 817
718       C1, to 818 w/o 3 Mar 1983
719       C1, to 819, to 419
720       C1, Ovda store
721       C1
722       C1, w/o 20 Dec 1975
723       C1
724 02     C1P, USMC lease 1985-86, Hatzerim store
725       C1P, USMC lease 1985-86, Hatzerim museum
726       C1P, USN lease 1985-86, IAI Lod store
727       C1P, USMC lease 1985-86, IAI Lod store
728       C1P, USN lease 1985-86, Ovda store
729       C1, to Kfir C2 829
730       C1, to C2 830
731       C1P, USMC lease 1985-86, Ovda store
732       C1P, USN lease 1985-86, Ovda, Hatzerim
733       C1
734       C1P, USMC lease 1985-86, preserved 'Intrepid' Museum New York Sept 2004
735       C1P, USN lease 1985-86, Ovda store
737 06     C1 w/o 3 Dec 1975
739       C1P, USN lease 1985-86, IAI Lod store
740       C2, to 840
741       C1
742 35     C1P, USN lease 1985-86, Preserved Haifa Technicon
743       C1
744       C1, w/o 20 Oct 1979
745       C2 to 845
746       C1
747 09     C1P, USN lease 1985-86, preserved Ovda '944'
748       C1
749       C1P, USMC lease 1985-86, IAI Lod store
750 04     C1P, USMC lease 1985-86, Ovda store
751       C1, to 851
752       C1, to 852
753       C1, to 853
754       C1, to 854
755       C1, to 855, ex 4X-CFK
762       C1, w/o 13 Aug 1981
764 29     C1P, USMC lease 1985-86, Be'er Sheva '664', Hatzerim Mus
779       C1, to 879, ex 4X-CFL
781       C1
785       C1P, USMC lease 1985-86, GI Holz Tech College
786       C1P, USN lease 1985-86, Ovda store
787       C1P, USMC lease 1985-86, Ovda store
88       1st prototype, FF 4 June 1973, w/o 25 May 1975
791       C1P, USN lease 1985-86, IAI Lod store
794       C1P, USMC lease 1985-86, IAI Lod store
801       C2
802       C2, to USA ATAC N802KF Oct 2002
803       C2, IAI Lod store
804       C2
805       C2
806       C2, to USA ATAC N806KF Nov 2003
807       C2
808       C2
809       C2
810       C2
811       C2
812       C2, IAI Lod store
813       C7, ex C2
814       C2, preserved Ramat David
815       C2, Ovda store
818       C2 w/o 5 Nov 1985
819       C2, to RC2 419
820       C2, IAI Lod, to ATAC as N820KF 2005
821 44     C2, GI Haifa
822       C7, to ATAC as N822KF Nov 2003
823       C2
824       C7 prototype, ex C2
825 106     C2, IAI Lod, to N825KF, N406AX
826       C2, Hatzerim store
827       C2, IAI Lod store
828       C2
829       C2
830       C2
832       C2
833       C2, Ovda store
834       C2
835       C2, IAI Lod store
836       C2, w/o 4 May 1981
837       C2
840       C2 w/o 10 July 1981
841       C2
842       C2, IAI Lod, to N842KF 2005
843       C2
844       C2
845       C7, ex C2
846       C2, to Ecuador FAE-911 1995
847       C2
849       C2, Ovda store
851       C2, to RC2 451
852       C2
853       C7, ex C2, Hatzerim stored
854       C2, Ovda store
858       C2, Ovda store
860       C2
861       C2
862       C7, ex C2
863       C2, IAI Lod store
864       C2, Ovda store
866       C2
867       C2
868       C7, ex C2
869       C2, preserved Hatzor
870       C2, Ovda store
871       C7, ex C2, Ovda store
872       C2
873       C2
874 74     C2, Hatzerim museum
875 88     C2, preserved Givat Olga
876       C2
877       C2
878       C2
879       C2, IAI Lod store
880       C2
882       C7, ex C2
883       C2
884       C2
886       C2, Hatzerim stored
887       C2
888       C2
889       C2
890       C2, IAI Lod store
892       C2
894       C2 to Ecuador FAE-912 1997
895       C2 to C7, Hatzerim store
896       C2, to Ecuador FAE-915? 2002
897       C2
898       C2
903       C2 to C7
909       C2
910       C2 to C7
914       C2, to Kfir 2000
926       C2, to FAE-913 1997
928       C2, IAI Lod, ATAC N928KF Oct 2004
931       C2
935       C2, IAI Lod store
937       C2
948       C2
961       C2
963       C2
965       C2 to Ecuador FAE-914 Jan 1999
967       C2
979       C2, to Nammer, IAI Lod store
987       C2
988 P1     TC2, Hatzerim museum

References:

  • World Air Power Journal Vol.15
  • World Air Power Journal Vol.16
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


IAI Nesher ('Nesher') * Retired *
Single-seat fighter design closely based on the Dassault Mirage 5J, with Atar 9C engine. Fifty-one Nesher S (single-seat) and ten Nesher T (two-seat) aircraft were built. The first prototype was flown in September 1969. Aircraft were delivered to the IDF/AF 1971-72. Used for the fighter-bomber role. Withdrawn from service in 1981. Between mid-1978 and 1982 35 Ss (26+9?) and 4 Ts were supplied to Argentina, were they were known as IAI Dagger As and Bs (C-401 to C-437 and C-426, C-438 to 439 & C-??? respectively). (These were later upgraded with Kfir-style noses and renamed 'Finger'). Hebrew name means Eagle.

The construction numbers were S-01 to S-51 and T-01 to T-10. The aircraft initially received two-digit serial numbers including 02, 09, 10, 12, 14, 16, 21, 34, 76, 85, 88.

Nesher production comprised French (Dassault) supplied wings and cockpit together with an Israeli-built fuselage and fin. The two-seaters are believed to have been converted Mirage IIIBs from Dassault - or assembled from French Mirage IIIB kits. Some airframes were later passed to South Africa for use in the Cheetah conversion programme.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
501   AdlA 586   converted Mirage 5J, preserved Hatzerim museum
501       second aircraft believed carried the same serial
02       w/o 3 Feb 1974
03        
06       w/o 10 Oct 1973
507        
08        
509        
510        
11        
512       to Kfir prototype 712
514        
515       w/o 14 Dec 1973
516        
17        
18       w/o 6 Nov 1973
520        
521        
522        
523        
524       to Argentina
525       to Argentina
526        
527        
528       to Argentina
531       w/o 20 Oct 1973
533        
534        
36       w/o 16 Oct 1973
561        
562       w/o ? date
565        
566       to Argentina
71        
572        
73        
76       w/o 21 Oct 1973
78        
582       to Argentina
85        
586        
87        
588       converted to IAI Ra'am '88', w/o 25 May 1975
91       w/o 19 Feb 1973
592        
93       8 Oct 1973
598        
599        
611       Nesher T
617       Nesher T
618       Nesher T, to South Africa
620       Nesher T, to South africa
622       Nesher T
625       Nesher T, to Argentina
627       Nesher T
634       Nesher T
637       Nesher T
639       Nesher T, to Argentina
649       Nesher T, to South Africa
666       Nesher T, to South africa
688       Nesher T, w/o 13 Jan 1979

References:

  • World Air Power Journal Vol.15
  • World Air Power Journal Vol.16
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


IAI 1124N Seascan ('Shahaf') * Current *
One IAI 1123 Westwind plus two more new aircraft converted to 1124N Seascan. TFE731 turbofan engines. Delivered in 1978. (Acquired in 1977, delivered by 1980?) Used by 195 sqn for Maritime patrol work. Hebrew name means Seagull.

Conversion included Litton search radar in extended nose, turbofan engines, strongpoints on fuselage sides for flares, rescue packs or offensive weapons.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
927 185     1124N, initially 027, 4X-JYJ
929 152     1123 conv to 1124N, initially 035, 4X-JYR
931 186     1124N, initially 031, 4X-JYO

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


IAI 1123 Westwind * Retired *
Two model 1123 Westwind 1 impressed from IAI in October 1973. CJ610 engines. Used by 120 sqn for transport. Not returned after the war. One subsequently converted to a VIP transport. The remaining 1123 was converted to a 1124N Seascan (see above). Withdrawn from service in 1978.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
064 107   Oct 1973 4X-JYG
029 152   Oct 1973 4X-JYF, converted to Seascan

References:

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