Anigrand #AA2066 1/72 I.A.I. Lavi

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Kit #AA2066. 1/72 scale. Highly-detailed resin kit with decals. In the late 1970s, the Israel Defense Force concluded that the IAI Kfir was not suitable for future growth. It announced the requirement for a new combat aircraft which would be powered by a much more powerful engine and compactable to carry more armament. In February 1980, IAI launched the Lavi program. The development phase involved five prototypes, the B-01/-02 was a two-seats trainer, and B-03/-04/-05 were single seated. The U.S. government was also interested in the program and bore 40% of the development cost. The first Lavi (B-01) made its first flight in 1986. The handling was described as excellent. The initial flight of the second Lavi (B-02) occurred in 1987 while the U.S. government refused to support the program as the Lavi was deemed to compete against the F-16C/D on the export market. In 1988, the Israeli government could not continue the project without U.S. funding and the Lavi program was cancelled. However, IAI used its own finance to complete the Lavi TD (Technology Demonstrator) by using parts from the B-01 and B-02. The Lavi TD made it first flight in 1989 and was used for flying testbed until 1998.

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