COLOMBIA’S DELTA DEFENDERS

Having flown the IAI Kfir since 1989, the Fuerza Aérea Colombiana (FAC) embarked on a large-scale upgrade program of its existing fleet in 2009. Combat Aircraft takes an exclusive look inside Base Aérea Capitán Germán Olano, located in Palanquero, at Colombia’s impressive Kfir operation.

FEATURE ARTICLE | COLOMBIAN KFIRS

One of the FAC’s latest Kfir TC12s (FAC 3008) flies with a Kfir C10 at sunset near the type’s home base at Base Aérea Capitán Germán Olano, located in Palanquero.

BY MODERN FIGHTER aircraft standards, Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI) Kfirs are rare. The chance to see them up close is even rarer. The air forces of Colombia and Sri Lanka are now the only air arms in the world that operate Israel’s delta-winged fighter, alongside the Airborne Tactical Advantage Company that provides contracted aggressor services in the US.

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