Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed a $50 million agreement with Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defense to upgrade Kfir combat aircraft for the Sri Lankan Air Force.
The deal includes upgrading the aircraft’s basic avionics with the advanced 4+ generation fighter aircraft avionics to enable future integration of advanced radar, sensors, communication systems, and new helmets.
The upgrade process will also include transfer of knowledge and skills for refurbishment to Sri Lankan Air Force personnel. The upgrades will be completed in cooperation with Sri Lanka’s Air Force and in its local facilities.
The agreement comes after the successful completion of the Colombian Air Force’s Kfir upgrade program.
“I am proud that IAI’s Kfir has been chosen by customers around the world, including in the United States and as the Columbian Air Force’s primary fighter jet,” IAI Executive VP and GM of IAI’s Aviation Group, Yossi Melamed, said.
“I am grateful to Sri Lanka’s Air Force for choosing to renew their Kfir selection and continue using the Kfir as their Multi-Role Combat Aircraft. I believe this deal is an early step in preparing for future upgrades to the advanced model KNG (Kfir New Generation).”