AMK Models 1/72 Kfir C2/C7 Israeli AF Fighter
Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. "Kfir" (Hebrew for Lion Cub) is an Israeli built all weather, multi role combat aircraft based on a modified Dassault Mirage 5 airframe with Israeli avionics and an Israeli made version of the GE J79 turbojet engine.
The Kfir entered service with the IAF in 1975 with the first units being assigned to the 101st "First Fighter Squadron". Over the following years, several other squadrons were also equipped with the new aircraft. The role of the Kfir as the IAF's primary air superiority asset was short lived, due in part, because the first F-15 Eagles from the US were delivered in 1976.
The Kfir's first recorded combat action took place on November 9th, 1977, during an Israeli airstrike on a training camp at Tel Azia, Lebanon. The only air victory claimed by a Kfir during service with the IAF occured on June 27th, 1979, when a Kfir C2 shot down a Syrian Mig-21
During the Israeli-Lebanese war in 1982, the IAF was able to use both F-15s and F-16s for their air superiority roles leaving the Kfir to carry out un-escorted strike missions. Shortly afterwards, all IAF C2's began to be upgraded to the C7 versions with an enhanced weight perfomance, making the Kfir more suitable to the new fighter-bomber role. During the second half of the 1990's, the Kfir was withdrawn from active service in the IAF after almost twenty years of continuous service.
- Markings for 5 aircraft
- Lots of spare weapons for the parts box