US Navy and Marine Corps designation: F-21A

A detailed history of the Kfir has appeared in the 1988-89 and many earlier editions of Jane's. A total of 212 was built* (27 C1s and 185 C2s/TC2s, most of the latter subsequently being upgraded to C7/TC7) Further details of the C1, C2 and TC2 can be found in the 1983-84 Jane's, and of the lease of 25 Kfirs to the US Navy (12) and Marine Corps (13) as F-21A 'aggressor' trainers in the 1989-90 and earlier editions.
The following abbreviated description applies to the C7 and TC7, further details of which can be found in the 1987-88 edition:
C7: Upgraded conversion of C2, with 'combat plus' optional increase in engine thrust and improved avionics, delivered to Israeli Air Force from mid-1983. Other features include new HOTAS (hands on throttle and stick) cockpit installation and two additional external stores stations. Colombia ordered 13 in 1988, delivery of which was made in 1989.
TC7: Designation of TC2 when upgraded to C7 standard. Two exported to Colombia with C7s mentioned above. Further details in 1989-90 and earlier Jane's.
French government approval was given in the Autumn of 1989 for IAI to purchase five SNECMA Atar 9K-50 turbojet engines for test installation in Kfirs as part of an upgrade and renewed export marketing programme that would be unhampered by US restrictions involving the aircraft's present J79 engines. One is installed in the Nammer prototype.
* As of 1991

TYPE: Single-seat strike, ground attack and fighter aircraft.

POWER PLANT: One General Electric J79-J1E turbojet (modified GE-17), with variable area nozzle, rated at 52.89 kN (11,890 lb st) dry and 79.45 kN (17,860 lb st) with afterburning (83.41 kN; 18,750 lb st with 'combat plus' option). Adjustable half-cone centrebody in each air intake. Internal fuel in five fuselage and four integral wing tanks. Total internal capacity 3,243 litres (857 US gallons; 713.4 Imp gallons). Refuelling point on top of fuselage, above forward upper tank. Wet points for the carriage of one drop tank beneath each wing (inboard), and one under fuselage; these tanks may be of 500, 600, 825, 1,300 or 1,700 litres (132, 158.5, 218, 343.5 or 449 US gallons; 110, 132, 181.5, 286 or 374 Imp gallons) capacity; max external fuel capacity 4,700 litres (1,242 US gallons; 1,034 Imp gallons). Provision for boom/receptacle or probe/drogue in-flight refuelling system, and for single-point pressure refuelling.

ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only, on Martin-Baker IL10P zero/zero ejection seat (two tandem seats in TC7), under rearward hinged upward opening canopy. Cockpit pressurised, heated and air-conditioned.

AVIONICS: Compared with C2 (see 1987-88 Jane's). C7 differs in having an improved HOTAS (hands on throttle and stick) cockpit installation. WDNS-341 weapons delivery and navigation system, Elbit System 82 computerised stores management and release system, video subsystems, smart weapons delivery capability, and updated electronic warfare systems. The ranging radar is an Elta EL/M-2001B, but the C7 can also mount Elta's EL/M-2021 advanced pulse Doppler fire control radar, with lookup/lookdown capability, Doppler beam-sharpened mapping, terrain avoidance/following and sea search modes.

ARMAMENT: Fixed armament of one IAI built 30 mm DEFA 552 cannon in underside of each engine air intake (140 rds/gun) Nine hardpoints (five under fuselage and two under each wing) for external weapons, ECM pods or drop tanks. For interception duties, one Sidewinder, Python 3 or Shafrir 2 infra-red homing air-to-air missile can be carried under each outer wing. Ground attack version can carry a 3,000 lb M118 bomb, two 800 or 1,000 lb bombs, up to four 500 lb bombs, or a Shrike, Maverick or GBU-15 air-to-surface weapon under the fuselage, and two 1,000 lb or six 500 lb bombs (conventional, smart or concrete dibber type) under the wings. Alternative weapons can include Mk 82/83/84 and M117/118 bombs; CBU-24/49 and TAL-1/2 cluster bombs; LAU-3A/10A/32A rocket launchers; napalm, flares, chaff, Elta EL-L8202 ECM and other podded systems.