FAC may acquire Saab’s Gripen Fighters

FAC may acquire Saab’s Gripen Fighters
FAC may acquire Saab’s Gripen Fighters

Colombian Air Force’s (FAC) IAI, Kfir, might be replaced by Swedish Saab Gripen fighter jets. The Kfir jets developed on the Dassault Mirage-5 will be withdrawn from service soon. The Kfir are nearly 40 years old and have been in active service with the FAC since 2011. FAC bought 24 second-hand fighters from Israel.


Colombia Air Force has been considered for several years. One possibility is an order for used Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets from Denmark. Another option would be to purchase new Saab Gripen E/F fighters, including those manufactured in Brazil, a partner of the Swedish manufacturer in the two-seat variant.

FAC may acquire Saab’s Gripen Fighters

Kfir was created due to the French embargo imposed after Israel bombed Lebanon shortly after the Six-Day War in 1968. The fighter has a General Electric J79 turbojet engine on board. FAC used the Kfirs fighters on ground-attack missions during counter-insurgency operations. The fighters are armed with Python 3 IR-homing AAMs.