IAI should offer Lavi to the IAF as their next generation jet trainer - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • zionist forever
    • 12.01.11 | 11:44 (IST)

    I don't understand why IAI has never tried to sell Lavi on the less crowded jet trainer market. One of its advantages was it was designed for easy conversion into a trainer so the IAF would not need to buy extra dedicated trainer aircraft and could quickly & easily convert fighters into trainers. If Lavi was offered as a trainer and bought by the IAF and political pressure would almost certainly make sure it was the trainer of choice then it also has potential on the trainer market. The fact that it is considered now old tech on the actual fighter market means it can sold for a fraction of the price it would have been in fighter form. Even as a fighter for the poor countries who want a next generation plane but can't afford the newer and more expensive planes offered by the US & Europe if the price was right it may even be possible to offer it up for sale in the fighter market. Its of the same generation as the F16 and the F16 production lines are due to end soon so the US should not have to many objections if we are not trying to muscle in on their markets. Lavi was going to be exported as an alternative to the new brand new F16 so the US went out of their way to kill it but now its not a threat to most US markets. So there is still alot of potential for Lavi if IAI thought to offer it to the IAF as a trainer and it would add new life into Israel's manned plane industry although once the IAF sign contracts with Italy or North Korea the opportunity would be lost. The sale of weapons to South Korea though is great news and hopefully will open new markets and help us develop closer political ties with South Korea because if there is any single industry which encourages countries to work together more its the defense industry.

    from the article: South Korea eyes upgrading Israel defense deals in light of tensions with North
    First published 02:08 12.01.11 | Last updated 02:08 12.01.11
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